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Auction Description for Adam's: Important Irish Art Sale in Assoc. with Bonhams
Auction Description:
Important Irish Art Sale in Assoc. with Bonhams
Viewing Notes:
30th November 2pm to 5pm. 1st December 9.30am to 5pm. 2nd December 9.30am to 5pm. Day of sale 9.30am to 5pm.
Sale Notes:
Please note buyers premium applies to first 30,000 EUR and is 12.5% thereafter. www.adams.ie

Important Irish Art Sale in Assoc. with Bonhams

by Adam's


247 lots with images

December 3, 2008

26 St Stephen's Green

Dublin, 2 Ireland

Phone: +353 1 676 0261

Fax: +353 1 662 4725

Email: info@adams.ie

James Fitzgerald (19th Century) North Gate Bridge

Lot 1: James Fitzgerald (19th Century) North Gate Bridge

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Description: James Fitzgerald (19th Century) North Gate Bridge and City Gaol 1798 Watercolour, 23 x 33cm (9 x 13") Signed, inscribed 'Cork' and dated 1798 Provenance: From the Estate of the late Charlie Hennessy, Cork. James Fitzgerald, fondly remembered as the "Bard of the Lee" was a poet, writer and artist. Born in Hanover Street Cork in 1825 he was to later teach at the Crawford School of Art. He is known for these type of antiquarian topographical drawings of the houses and bridges around Cork and examples are in the Crawford Gallery Collection and the Irish Architectural Archive.

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James Fitzgerald (19th Century) The South Gate

Lot 2: James Fitzgerald (19th Century) The South Gate

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Description: James Fitzgerald (19th Century) The South Gate from Elizabeth Fort Pencil, 23.5 x 33cm (9.25 x 13") Signed Provenance: From the Estate of the late Charlie Hennessy, Cork.

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Michael Angelo Hayes RHA (1820-1877) King George's

Lot 3: Michael Angelo Hayes RHA (1820-1877) King George's

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Description: Michael Angelo Hayes RHA (1820-1877) King George's Statue Grand Parade, Cork Watercolour, 39.5 x 55.5cm (15.5 x 22") Provenance: From the Estate of the late Charlie Hennessy, Cork.

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Lady Kate Dobbin (1868-1955) Building the New

Lot 4: Lady Kate Dobbin (1868-1955) Building the New

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Description: Lady Kate Dobbin (1868-1955) Building the New Bridge over the Lee Watercolour, 47 x 37cm (18.5 x 14.5") Signed Original artist's inscribed label verso Provenance: From the Estate of the late Charlie Hennessy, Cork.

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Seamus Murphy RHA (1907-1975) Mary Anne - The

Lot 5: Seamus Murphy RHA (1907-1975) Mary Anne - The

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Description: Seamus Murphy RHA (1907-1975) Mary Anne - The Onion Seller (1937) Bronze, 91cm high (35.8" high) Signed and inscribed with title on base Provenance: From the Estate of the late Charlie Hennessy, Cork. Literature: "Seamus Murphy - Sculptor" Catalogue Raisonne number 411, p.274. A copy of this book accompanies this lot. Seamus Murphy, born near Mallow Co. Cork, began his studies at the Crawford School of Art before being apprenticed to a stone-carver where he specialised in architectural carving, and continued to take night classes at the Crawford. In 1932 Murphy travelled to Paris to study at the Academie Colarossi, having won the Gibson Bequest Scholarship the previous year. On his return to Cork in 1934 Murphy set up his own studio in Blackpool. His long association with the RHA began in 1935 when he exhibited for the first time and continued to do so regularly throughout his career. He was elected a full member of the academy in 1954, was appointed Professor of Sculpture in 1964 and in 1973 became a membe of the Arts Council. Well known for his religious sculptures, memorials and headstones, as well as busts of celebrated political and literary figures and artists, Murphy's work was included in ROSC '75 (Cork) in the year of his death, following which two major retrospectives have been mounted - one by the Crawford Gallery in Cork and Douglas Hyde Gallery in 1982, and another in 2007 at the Crawford. Murphy created the plaster version of Mary Anne in 1937. Two bronze versions were cast later, this being one, the other was presented to the Peace Park on Grand Parade, Cork in 1985 where it has remained since.

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