Osborne study is prime lot at sale

HCS Warren Hastings Off Ascension Island by the Cobh artist George Mounsey Wheatley Atkinson at Whyte's sale of Irish and British art on February 24. It is estimated at €5,000-€7,000.

Whyte’s British and Irish art sale at the RDS, Dublin, features 216 lots.

WALTER Osborne’s Sunshine and Shadow is the prime lot which graces the catalogue cover for Whyte’s sale of Irish and British art at the RDS on Monday week at 6pm.

This study on light, contrast and drama is a plein air painting in which the artist depicts a worker carrying out everyday chores.

This good example of social realism is estimated at up to €90,000.

The sale of 216 lots is on view in Dublin from next weekend. A large-scale portrait of Lady Lyle by Sir John Lavery is estimated at €30,000-50,000; Louis le Brocquy’s Ancestral Head inspired by a visit to the Anthropology Museum in Paris is estimated at €3,000-€45,000 and a maritime oil by George Mounsey Wheatley Atkinson (1806-1884) has an estimate of €5,000-€7,000.

Atkinson was from a family of artists based in Cobh and there are examples of his work at the Crawford Gallery in Cork.

There are works by Northern Ireland artists Dan O’Neill, Gerard Dillon and an equestrian portrait by Basil Blackshaw.

The sale features work by Patrick Collins, Pauline Bewick; William Sadler; James Arthur O’Connor; Harry Kernoff; James Humbert Craig; Donald Teskey; Edward Delaney; Patrick Hennessy; Cecil King, Barrie Cooke; Mainie Jellett and many other artists, including a collection of 22 paintings and drawings by Leo Whelan.


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