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Lot 67: Joseph Patrick Haverty, R.H.A. (1794-1864)

Est: £25,000 GBP - £35,000 GBPSold:
Christie'sMay 14, 2004London, United Kingdom

Item Overview


Group portrait of a family, thought to be the Reilly family of Scarvagh, stepping ashore from a boat on a lough, with mountains beyond
indistinctly signed (lower left)
oil on canvas
48 x 59 1/2 in. (122 x 155 cm.)

Artist or Maker


A. Crookshank and Knight of Glin, Ireland's Painters 1600-1940, New Haven and London, 2002, p. 227


Anon. sale; Christie's, London, 25 May 1979, lot 210 (sold £1, 200).
With Grace Pym Gallery, Dublin.


Joseph Patrick Haverty came from Galway, and although not much is known of his education, he travelled a great deal during the early part of his career and exhibited at the Royal Academy in London. He became one of the earliest associates of the Royal Hiberian Academy, becoming a full Academician in 1829.

This large scale family portrait is thought to be of the Reilly family of Scavargh. John Lushington Reilly was an artist himself and according to the Reilly family he had noticed Haverty's talent early, when he was still a boy in Galway, and had helped with his education. Haverty is known to have based a pair of acquatints of George IV processing down Sackville Street in Dublin and his departure from Kingstown on drawings made on the spot in 1821 by Reilly. This portrait can be compared to Haverty's group portrait of the Reilly family standing before Scarvagh House, Co. Down (for which see A. Crookshank and The Knight of Glin, The Painters of Ireland c. 1660-1920, London, 1978, p. 216, pl. 215). Crookshank and the Knight of Glin have suggested that the landscape in the background shows Carlingford Lough and the Mourne Mountains (Crookshank and Glin, op.cit., p.226). Haverty's group portraits are among his most charming works.

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Auction Details

The Irish Sale including the William and Joan Roth Collection

May 14, 2004, 12:00 AM EST

8 King Street, St. James's, London, LDN, SW1Y 6QT, UK