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

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R.A. Miley
ACTIVE 1881-1888
DOWN AT THE START
signed and indistinctly dated l.r.: R. Miley 183[?]
oil on canvas
48 by 73.5cm., 18¾ by 29in.
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Provenance

Dillon Antiques, Dublin, 1981

Exhibited

Boston, Boston College Museum of Art, America’s Eye: Irish Paintings from the Collection of Brian P. Burns, 26 January - 19 May 1996, no.22, illustrated p.99, with tour to Dublin, Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, 19 June - 25 August 1996 and New Haven, Yale Center for British Art, 25 September 1997 - 4 January 1998

Catalogue Note

R.A. Miley worked in Dún Laoghaire, then called Kingstown, Co. Dublin, and exhibited at the Royal Hibernian Academy in the 1880s. He was a member of the Dublin Painting and Sketching Club and painted in both watercolour and oils. His primary specialization was equestrian portraiture, but charming rural scenes also form part of his oeuvre. The present work is typical of Miley’s affinity for sporting scenes, here capturing the final preparations before a race with jockeys, grooms, owners, trainers and spectators all present. 

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

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London