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    Sale 7813

    Glin Castle - A Knight in Ireland

    7 May 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 88

    Francis Wheatley, R.A. (1747-1801)

    A view of Tarbert, Co. Kerry, from the Clare bank with sailors dancing

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    Francis Wheatley, R.A. (1747-1801)
    A view of Tarbert, Co. Kerry, from the Clare bank with sailors dancing
    oil on canvas laid down on panel
    5¾ x 7½ in. (14.6 x 19 cm.)


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    Dating from circa 1782, this is likely to have been painted on a journey to Killarney. It was engraved in Thomas Milton's Collection of Select Views from the Different Seats of the Nobility and Gentry in the Kingdom of Ireland, the plate being dedicated to Sir Edward Leslie, Bt. Ships of the line often anchored in Tarbert Roads and in the foreground sailors are seen dancing with rustics. During this period the threat of French invasion caused an extensive Volunteer Movement, the regular British army having been absent from Ireland during the troubles in North America. Wheatley is particularly celebrated for his superb Volunteer and Parliamentary paintings done in Dublin during his Irish sojourn 1779-83, whilst escaping from his debts in London. Tarbert House, the seat of Sir Edward Leslie, Bt., is seen in the woods on the Kerry bank, directly opposite the Clonderlaw Peninsula in Co. Clare, from which the present scene is viewed.

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    Literature

    Crookshank & Glin, The Painters of Ireland, 1978, p. 153, 156, fig. 138.
    Crookshank & Glin, Ireland's Painters, 2002, p. 166, fig. 210.
    Laffan, Painting Ireland, 2006, pp. 94-7, fig. 64.