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

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James Humbert Craig, R.H.A., R.U.A.
1878-1944
CUSHENDUN BAY, CO. ANTRIM
signed l.l.: JH CRAIG; titled on the stretcher
oil on canvas
43.5 by 56.5cm.,17 by 22¼in.
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Provenance

The late Robert Jackson, Belfast; 
Sotheby's, London, 16 May 2002, lot 74

Catalogue Note

In Cushenden Bay, Co. Antrim, the artist captures perfectly the fickle nature of an Irish summer’s day, with clouds containing just a hint of impending rain. The sun shines nevertheless, transforming the sea, so often grey and windswept along the Irish coast, into a combination of green and turquoise. Waves roll in, to break on the sandy shore, while a patchwork quilt of green fields ascends the slopes of the headland in the distance, the summit of which is tinged with purple. The curves of hill and shore, contrast with the zig-zag pattern of the field boundaries, enlivening the composition.

Peter Murray

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

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London