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A Living Legacy: Irish Art from the Collection of Brian P. Burns

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William Osborne, R.H.A.
1823-1901
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.
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Provenance

Gorry Gallery, Dublin, 1996

Exhibited

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.

A Living Legacy: Irish Art from the Collection of Brian P. Burns

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London