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    Sale 7813

    Glin Castle - A Knight in Ireland

    7 May 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 200

    Samuel Watson (1818-c. 1867)

    The Irish Jig

    Price Realised  


    Samuel Watson (1818-c. 1867)
    The Irish Jig
    signed, inscribed and dated 'THE IRISH JIG/Drawn by SAM.LWATSON/1845' (lower left and on the reverse)
    pencil, pen and black ink, grey wash
    17 x 21½ in. (43.1 x 54.8 cm.)

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    Exhibited at the Royal Hibernian Society in 1845, the present watercolour depicts an animated scene in a crowd-filled tavern in which children and animals can be seen scrapping, and revellers watch as lively couples dance. The jig is a form of folk dance that originated in England in the 16th Century, but was embraced and adapted in Ireland where it became a national dance.

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    Crookshank & Glin, The Watercolours of Ireland, 1994, p. 214, pl. 299.


    Dublin, The Royal Hibernian Academy, 1845, number untraced.
    Cork, Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, Whipping the Herring: Survival & Celebration in Nineteenth Century Irish Art, 4 May-26 August 2006, number untraced.