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Auction Description for Adam's: Important Irish Art
Viewing Notes:
23rd March 2pm to 5pm. 24th & 25th March 10am to 5pm. Day of sale 10am to 5pm.
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Important Irish Art

(134 Lots)

by Adam's


134 lots with images

March 26, 2014

26 St Stephen's Green

Dublin, 2 Ireland

Phone: +353 1 676 0261

Fax: +353 1 662 4725

Email: info@adams.ie

Peter Curling (b.1955) Ireland's Best Watercolour

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Description: Peter Curling (b.1955) Ireland's Best Watercolour and pen, 49.5 x 73.5cm (19½ x 29'') Signed Provenance: The Tryon Gallery, London where purchased in 1986. Literature: ''Collecting Sporting Art'' edited by J. N. P. Watson published by Sportsman's Press, London, illustrated p.44. This work was one of six paintings chosen by Curling for the ''Injured Jockey Fund'' Calendar 1998.

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Terence P. Flanagan RHA PPRUA (1929-2011) Lough

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Description: Terence P. Flanagan RHA PPRUA (1929-2011) Lough Erne, Winter Series (1968/69) Oil on board, 73 x 107cm (28¾ x 41¾'') Signed Provenance: Duchess of Westminster, Ely Lodge, Lough Erne, Co. Fermanagh Exhibited: This is thought to be the work ''Lough Erne, Winter (2)'' exhibited at the Tom Caldwell Gallery, Belfast, 1970 Viola, Duchess of Westminster (1912 - 1987) lived at the family seat, Ely Lodge just west of Enniskillen in Co. Fermanagh . She served as Lord Lieutenant of Fermanagh from 1979 until her tragic death in a car accident near Dungannon in Co. Tyrone in 1987. She was well liked locally and was a great supporter of the arts. The Duchess commissioned T.P. Flanagan who was born in Enniskillen; and his studio was just across the border in Donegal to do a series of works around Ely Lodge in the early 1970s but this is an earlier work of Lough Erne by the artist. Our thanks to the artist's son Philip for his assistance cataloguing this lot.

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Arthur Armstrong RHA (1924-1996) Figures in a

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Description: Arthur Armstrong RHA (1924-1996) Figures in a Brown Landscape Oil on board, 76 x 61cm (30 x 24'') Provenance: Duchess of Westminster, Ely Lodge, Lough Erne, Co. Fermanagh Exhibited: Arthur Armstrong Exhibition, Tom Caldwell Gallery, Belfast, Sept-Oct 1970, Cat. No. 13, organised in association with the Hendriks Gallery, Dublin (label verso) Arthur Armstrong was largely self-taught and a superb natural draughtsman. A life-long devotion to Braque accounted for an increasing abstraction in his work during the 40s and 50s. He was then inspired by the west of Ireland landscape in particular Connemara, this saw a return to pure landscape painting during this period. Formerly happy as a figurative painter, Armstrong had strayed away from figures in his work The early 70s saw their slow return and one can see their successful re-employment here. Their scale shows the artist breaking new ground, offering ideas on human existence. This is one of several works on this theme which were carried out in various mediums including mixed media with plaster. In this lot Armstrong's figures seem consumed by the landscape, similarly in another work entitled ''Figures in a Landscape'' which was included in the same exhibition and sold in these rooms Lot 7 28th September 2005.

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Colin Middleton RHA RUA MBE (1910-1983) Lough Erne

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Description: Colin Middleton RHA RUA MBE (1910-1983) Lough Erne - March (1969) Oil on board, 90 x 90cm (36 x 36'') Signed Provenance: Duchess of Westminster, Ely Lodge, Lough Erne, Co. Fermanagh The Duchess had a number of works by Colin Middleton in her collection and donated ''An Ulster Landscape'' by him to the National Trust's property ''Florence Court'' nearby in Co. Fermanagh. This house has close associations with the Duchess as she is credited with saving the wonderful rococo plasterwork ceiling in the dining room and much of the houses contents when she organized a human chain to remove them during the fire there in 1955. It is appropriate that she is remembered there through a work by Middleton which hangs upstairs in the house. The 1960s were a period of re-building for Colin Middleton after the setbacks of the second part of the 1950s. He began again to exhibit regularly, moved back to Belfast and was by now regarded one of the leading painters working in Ireland. His work had also become increasingly concerned with landscape and even the paintings that have clear references to the figure, almost always female, usually relate it to forms associated with the landscape. Lough Erne was a favourite subject for Middleton at this time; he had a caravan at Castle Archdale and visited it for family holidays when he fished and painted. His Lough Erne paintings suggest recollections of the landscape built up over a long period of familiarity and the experience of changing light and weather conditions and indeed Middleton never actually painted outdoors, preferring to make small drawings and watercolours to record motifs and colour, before working on paintings in the caravan or at home. Lough Erne: March is on one of the largest formats on board on which Middleton painted. Like many of these square landscape paintings from the 1960s and 1970s a strong series of horizontals dominate and create a sense of space, while subtler repeated vertical strokes suggest gradations of light and texture within a more detailed exploration of the place. A strong shaft of sunlight draws the eye to the horizon where it illuminates a narrow blue line of hills, but it also adds a luminous sheen to the reedy edge of the lake in the foreground and middle distance. While clearly derived from the experience of specific places and moments, the present painting exemplifies how Middleton's landscapes of this period are also explorations of abstract forms and effects that interested the artist. Dickon Hall March 2014 Exhibited: -Colin Middleton Exhibition, David Hendriks Gallery, Dublin, October 1970, Cat. No. 32 -Colin Middleton Retrospective, The Ulster Museum, Belfast, Jan-Feb 1976 and The Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin, March-April 1976, Cat. No. 111

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Colin Middleton RHA RUA MBE (1910-1983) Estuary,

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Description: Colin Middleton RHA RUA MBE (1910-1983) Estuary, West Cork Watercolour, 30 x 30cm (11¾ X 11¾'') Signed and dated '71. Signed again, inscribed with title and dated July 1971 verso

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