Lot 67
  • 67

WILLIAM OSBORNE, R.H.A. | A Moment of Liberty

15,000 - 25,000 GBP
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  • After William Osborne
  • A Moment of Liberty
  • titled, signed and indistinctly inscribed with the artist's address on an old label attached to the reverse
  • oil on canvas
  • 36 by 40.5cm., 14 by 16in.


Gorry Gallery, Dublin, 1996


Dublin, Royal Hibernian Academy, 1882, no.136;
New Haven, Yale Center for British Art, America’s Eye: Irish Paintings from the Collection of Brian P. Burns, 25 September 1997 - 4 January 1998 

Catalogue Note

William Osborne was a distinguished animal painter who exhibited regularly at the Royal Hibernian Academy. Titled A Moment of Liberty, the present works depicts the  freedom suddenly bestowed to a horse who has lost its rider in battle. Accomplishly rendered, it also possesses a light humour characteristic of the artist's work. He was father to Walter Osborne - one of Ireland's most celebrated painters of the late 19th century - and can be see in the background of his son's painting, At the Breakfast Table also in the Burns Collection, see lot 55.