Lot 130
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Louis le Brocquy, H.R.H.A. b.1916

25,000 - 35,000 GBP
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  • Louis le Brocquy, H.R.H.A.
  • study towards an image of william shakespeare (W598)
  • signed and dated l.r.: LE BROCQUY 1982
  • pencil and watercolour

  • 65 by 50cm.; 25½ by 19¾in.


Gimpel Fils, London;
Galerie Jeanne Bucher, Paris;
Oriel Gallery, Dublin;
Private Collection


Paris, Galerie Jeanne Bucher, Louis le Brocquy, Studies towards an image of William Shakespeare, 6 October – 3 November 1982, with tour to Zurich, London and New York, illustrated in the catalogue.

Catalogue Note

It was Jean-François Jaeger, director of the Galerie Jeanne Bucher, Paris, who originally suggested that le Brocquy turn to William Shakespeare as a subject. Although the artist was initially hesitant, he soon welcomed the challenge due to the fact that there are so few known images of Shakespeare; a period engraving by Martin Droeshout (1601 – 1650), a posthumous wood-carving, and several unauthenticated images and le Brocquy ‘entered upon a series of oils and watercolours out of sheer curiosity to see what might emerge’ (le Brocquy quoted in Louis le Brocquy Portrait Heads, National Gallery of Ireland, exh.cat., 4 November 2006 – 14 January 2007, p.64).