Frank McKelvey was born in Belfast and studied at the Belfast School of Art. Along with Paul Henry and James Humbert Craig (see lots 7 and 99), they belonged to a group of Northern artist who made their reputations painting the Irish landscape. The beautiful coastline of Co. Donegal inspired McKelvey to paint a series of seascapes, here the artist capturing the expansive beach of Marble Hill under a billowing summer's sky. Recognised in his lifetime, McKelvey became a member of the Royal Hibernian Academy and was amongst the first Academicians of the Royal Ulster Academy.
The board appears to be sound. There is a minor hairline crack towards the upper left edge; otherwise the work appears in good overall condition.
UV light reveals a small area of retouching to the above mentioned crack and a few further minor areas of infilling to the beach and the foreground.
Held in a gilt moulded frame, ready to hang. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."