Lot 307
  • 307

Harry Kernoff, R.H.A.

10,000 - 15,000 GBP
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  • Harry Kernoff, R.H.A.
  • Self Portrait in the Metropolitan School of Art
  • oil on canvas
  • 71 by 91.5cm., 28 by 36in.


Acquired from Miss Lina Kernoff, the artist's sister;
Their Sale, Adams, Dublin, 8 December 2004, lot 148, where purchased by the present owner

Catalogue Note

The son of a Russian Jewish father and Spanish mother, Kernoff moved to Dublin aged fourteen and became an active member within Dublin's artistic and literary circles, later becoming full member of the Royal Hibernian Academy, where he exhibited regularly, and also with Victor Waddington Galleries. The present work is an early example from when Kernoff studied at the Metropolitan School of Art in the early 1920s. It may have originally been called The Judgement of Paris and been intended for entry to a competition such as the Taylor Scholarship in the RDS. Ciaran MacGonigal has commented, 'It’s reference is classical and he used the statue to deal with what would have been tricky for him being both Jewish and under the thumb of his mother and sister, and in addition in Dublin…any direct reference to a nude female figure would have broken several conventions.'