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Whyte’s RDS Irish & International Art Sale

Royal Dublin Society, Anglesea Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin .4.

A sale full of quality and many of the big names of Irish Art are represented.

Amongst the 211 Lots are fine landscapes by William Percy French, James Humbert Craig, Paul Henry, Maurice Canning Wilks, portraits by William Orpen, Seán O’Sullivan, Paul Nietsche, and Harry Kernoff. There’s also a fair dollop of Abstract rubbish in the sale including two Jack B Yeats works both of which carry the top estimates in the sale of €100,000 – €150,000 and which will undoubtedly reach or surpass their reserves.

Lot.9.”A Kerry Bog” 1934/35, oil on canvas (16″ x 18″) by Paul Henry which carries an estimate of €60/80,000.

Lot.19.A Passage is Required” 1953, oil on board (9″ x 14″) by Jack Butler Yeats – Est: €100/150,000.

The star of the sale, for me, is the Harry Kernoff portrait of Aer Lingus Pilot, Captain John Tweddle (pictured below) which has an interesting back story.

Born in 1917, John Lawson Tweddle was a keen sportsman, winning medals for activities as diverse as diving and athletics, and being capped for Ulster rugby on at least four occasions. During World War II he served with the RAF and was made Flight Lieutenant. After the war, he worked for Aer Lingus and was one of the first pilots to fly BAC 1-11 jets in the early sixties. He was a close friend of Harry Kernoff. The painting comes with a copy of a 1965 newspaper article from the Daily Express, featuring Captain Tweddle who was shortly to appear in a musical. The paper reported that Tweddle (the “Singing Skipper”) was being allowed a week’s leave from Aer Lingus in order to play the part of Sultan Ali Ben Ali in the airline company’s own production of the “Desert Song”.  Ref.Whytes.

Lot.42.Portrait of Aer Lingus Pilot, John Tweddle” 1960, pastel (13.5″ x 10″), Harry Kernoff – Est: €800/1,200.

Viewing: Saturday 2nd to Monday 4th March from 10.00am – 6.00pm daily

Full catalogue with online bidding here: 


Call for Artists & Crafters – Lucan Fair in April

South Dublin Antiques Fair – Dun Laoghaire – Sunday 10th February 2019

With 40 specialist and eclectic traders taking part, there will be a huge array of items, spread over two floors, at this Sunday’s South Dublin Antiques & Vintage Fair at The Royal Marine HotelFrom antique and vintage furniture and retro décor to vintage fashions and accessories, plus antique silvertableware and jewellery, along with fine art, plus rare coins, medals, memorabilia and other collectables (not to mention countless quirky curios); there will literally be something to suit all tastes, interests and budgets.

First up, Greene’s Antiques of Drogheda will be among those specialising in antique and vintage furniture, along with both Handlebar Antiques and William Huey Antiques, together offering a large range of furniture from traditional Victorian and Edwardian pieces, to upcycled vintage pieces and everything in between.

Antique and vintage jewellery exhibitors taking part include Nessador AntiquesJanet Greeves of Belfast, Strictly Vintage, and Delights Antiques, along with Marie Curran of Dublin, exhibiting both antique jewellery and silver, and Bluedot Antiques who will be exhibiting antique jewellery along with a selection of carefully-curated items for the home.

A number of traditional collectables traders will also be in attendance, including traders specialising in coins, medals, postcards, vintage and antiquarian books and more. Meanwhile, Granny’s Attic Vintage of Newry will present a huge range of items, including authentic vintage fashion, accessories and more, along with Lola Blue Vintage and others.

In addition, you can expect to find countless items for the home, including antique and vintage tableware and kitchenalia, whose beauty and design have withstood the tests of time and changing tastes, along with television, movie and music memorabiliafine art and so much more With thousands of items on display, you can look forward to a day of pleasant surprises as you delve into the past and explore the artefacts of a bygone era.

All the latest information here:


Three Antiques Fairs for the Weekend

Dublin City Book Fair – Sunday 27th January 2019

Adam’s Valuation Tour – 11th/17th February 2019

Kilkenny Books, Coins & Collectables Fair

North Dublin Antiques & Vintage Fair – Sunday 13th January 2019

Kilkenny Antiques Fair – Lyrath Estate Hotel – Sunday 6th January 2019

Happy New Year – at last!

As another Annus Horribilis – for me – draws to a close – Trump, Putin, Brexit not to mention my beloved All Blacks losing to Ireland again I’m really glad to put 2018 behind me. Not to go out on a low though, my Art collection has really taken off this year, way beyond expectations thanks to Paddy Power and others. From wonderful early 20th century hand-painted postcards to works by Joe Pilkington, Lilian Murdoch, Ross MacDonald Ross and Leon O’Kennedy it has been a good year for me on the acquisitions front. More about this on Art For Art’s Sake shortly.

Towards the end of November, my long wished chance to commission a painting by Northern Irish transport artist extraordinaire – David Briggs – came to fruition. Two subjects were up for consideration – the sinking of the South Arklow lightship by U-boat in 1917 and the Tralee & Dingle Railway. The former was ruled out as I couldn’t get the technical information that I needed in time not to miss my place in the queue and thus my favourite Irish railway won out.

The Tralee & Dingle Light Railway (1891-1953) ran between Tralee and Dingle some 31 miles distant with a short branchline to Castlegregory. To say that it was built on the cheap would be a serious understatement and its dangerously steep gradients and sharp curves were the bane of train crews for the lines entire existence. Several serious accidents occurred over the years including one only two years after the railway opened!

Passenger trains were withdrawn in 1939 but the railway staggered on until 1953 for the operation of a once-monthly cattle special run in conjunction with the Dingle Cattle Fair. The locomotives and rolling stock were in ragged order by the end but somehow the crews managed to keep the line operating.

The scenery of this part of West Kerry is stunning and the artist has captured the scene heading west just above Camp village to perfection! The locomotives are working hard on the 1:30 gradient and one can only imagine the conversation being had between the two locomotive drivers! The lush fuschia hedges, green fields and St.Mary’s RC chapel in Camp give a real sense of the place.

Last Days on the Tralee & Dingle” acrylic on canvas (20″ x 30″).

One month from conception to delivery and my best ever Christmas present to myself.

More about the artist, his work and commissions here: The-Transport-Artwork-of-David-Briggs