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Important Irish Art

by Adam's


164 lots with images

March 26, 2013

26 St Stephen's Green

Dublin, 2 Ireland

Phone: +353 1 676 0261

Fax: +353 1 662 4725

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Maurice MacGonigal PRHA (1900-1979) The Connemara

Lot 1: Maurice MacGonigal PRHA (1900-1979) The Connemara

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Description: Maurice MacGonigal PRHA (1900-1979) The Connemara Hooker Oil on board, 39.5 x 19.5cm (15½ x 7½'') Signed. Signed inscribed with title and dated 1973 verso; also inscribed with title ''The Volunteer'', which one assumes is the name of the Galway Hooker Dawson Gallery framing label verso

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Maurice MacGonigal PRHA (1900-1979) Market Street,

Lot 2: Maurice MacGonigal PRHA (1900-1979) Market Street,

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Description: Maurice MacGonigal PRHA (1900-1979) Market Street, Clifden Watercolour and pencil, 26.5 x 37cm (10½ x 14½'') Signed Dawson Gallery framing label verso

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Maurice MacGonigal PRHA (1900-1979) Clifden

Lot 3: Maurice MacGonigal PRHA (1900-1979) Clifden

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Description: Maurice MacGonigal PRHA (1900-1979) Clifden Landscape Watercolour and pencil, 26.5 x 37cm (10½ x 14½'') Signed Dawson Gallery framing label verso

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Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900-1979) The Luck

Lot 4: Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900-1979) The Luck

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Description: Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900-1979) The Luck Penny Oil on board, 63.5 x 28cm (25 x 11'') Signed, inscribed with other title verso ''The Farmer'' Provenance: From the collection of the late Agnes and Jack Toohey Exhibited: The Dawson Gallery ''The Collector's Eye'' Exhibition, Model Arts and Niland Gallery, Jan/Feb 2004, The Hunt Museum March/April 2004, Cat. No. 17 Literature: ''The Collector's Eye'' 2004, illustrated p10; ''Reading 20th Century Irish Art'' by Nora Hickey, The Hunt Museum 2004 MacGonigal is best remembered as a painter of the West of Ireland, its people and landscapes. He spent long period painting in Connemara, Sligo and Achill. He began his artistic training with an apprenticeship in the stained glass studio of his uncle, Joshua Clarke, father of stained glass artist Harry Clarke, RHA (1889-1931). He later studied painting at the Metropolitan School of Art, under, among others, Sean Keating, PRHA (1889-1977). He became Professor of Painting in the National College of Art and Design and President of the Royal Hibernian Academy. In an RTE interview broadcast in the 1970's MacGonigal stated: 'Our job...is to paint and interpret the forms and patterns of the life around us'. ''The Lucky Penny'' displays MacGonigal's intimate knowledge of the people of the West, in this case a couple during the decisive moment of a sale at a cattle fair. The bargain having been struck, the traditional luck penny is about to be returned to the purchaser. A luck penny is a small sum returned to the buyer 'for luck' by the person who receives the sale. The picture tells the story in a very compact and ecomonical manner.

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Maurice MacGonigal PRHA (1900-1979) Summer

Lot 5: Maurice MacGonigal PRHA (1900-1979) Summer

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Description: Maurice MacGonigal PRHA (1900-1979) Summer Morning, Kilrane, Wexford Oil on board, 30 x 60cm (11¾ x 23½'') Signed, also signed, inscribed and dated 1977 verso

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