A t the heart of the Collection, formed over thirty years, is an exceptional group of Irish paintings. It features not only many of Ireland’s most famous painters, but some of their best works, including John Lavery, William Orpen, Louis le Brocquy and Jack B. Yeats. Several of the Yeats’ are well known through ‘The Yeats Room’ at the K Club, the renowned golf and spa hotel outside Dublin which Sir Michael established.
Another major highlight is Louis le Brocquy’s iconic Travelling Woman with Newspaper, purchased for a record price at Sotheby’s in 2000. Painted in 1947, it is the masterpiece of le Brocquy’s celebrated Traveller series (1945-50) and stands as a significant statement in the development of modernism not just in Ireland but internationally. It one of four works in his career which le Brocquy stated would define his lasting legacy.
Further examples in the collection are also marked by their quality, such as William Conor’s depiction of The Dublin Horse Show at the Royal Dublin Society and Frederick William Burton’s A Blind Girl at a Holy Wellfrom 1839, which was one of the most popular engraved images of its time. Accounting for the depth of the collection, a further group of Irish works will be offered in Sotheby’s Irish Art sale in 2021.
Beyond Irish artists, the collection also includes a superb group of Scandinavian pictures featuring Carl Larsson and Anders Zorn. Other highlights include Alexej von Jawlensky’s Abend in Reichestshausen and Sir Alfred Munning’s The New Standard, Presentation of Standards 1927. Decorative objects are also represented, including a 9-carat gold replica of the Ardagh Chalice.
Upcoming AuctionImpressionist & Modern ArtFebruary 2021 | London
Upcoming Auction19th Century European PaintingsJuly 2021 | London
Highlights will be on view at our travelling exhibition at the Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin from 27-30 August 2020, by appointment only. We are also able to arrange private viewings of works from the Collection at Sotheby’s London. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further enquiries.
Arabella Bishop, Senior Director
+353 (0)1 644 0200
Charlie Minter, Director
+44 (0)20 7293 5925
MAIN IMAGE: JOHN LAVERY, LES ORANGERS DU BEAU SITE DE CANNES (TENNIS UNDER THE ORANGE TREES, CANNES), ESTIMATE £300,000–500,000, TO BE SOLD IN IRISH ART, 9 SEPTEMBER 2020.