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    Sale 7579

    The Irish Sale

    8 May 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 27

    Nathaniel Hone, R.H.A. (1831-1917)

    The Boundary Fence, Forest of Fontainbleau

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    Nathaniel Hone, R.H.A. (1831-1917)
    The Boundary Fence, Forest of Fontainbleau
    signed with initials 'N.H.' (lower right)
    oil on canvas
    16 x 24 in. (40.6 x 61 cm.)
    Painted circa 1868.

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    Considered by the Knight of Glin to be 'Hone's most important early work' (see A. Crookshank and Knight of Glin, loc. cit.), Boundary Fence is a quintessentially Fontainbleau painting. More than any other of Hone's canvases, it is dominated by rich chromatic greens, giving a feeling of filtered forest light. Darker tones are alleviated here and there by lighter greens, and by touches of mauve and brown, in the forms of deer and tree trunks. The painting is small but densely worked, trees delicately drawn, and foliage sensitively rendered in horizontal flecks of paint. (see Exhibition catalogue, Nathaniel Hone, Dublin, National Gallery of Ireland, loc. cit).
    Sir George Brook, 1st Bart., (1849-1926), although a slightly younger man, was a great friend of the artist. Neighbours at Raheny, Sir George became one of a circle of admirers and patrons of the artist and his collection was considered one of the finest.

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    Purchased from the artist by Sir George Brooke, Dublin, for £50, and by descent to the present owner.


    T. Bodkin, Four Irish Landscape Painters, Dublin and London, 1920, pl. XX.
    Exhibition catalogue, Aspects of Irish Art, Ohio, 1974, p. 101.
    Exhibition catalogue, The Irish Impressionists, Dublin, National Gallery of Ireland, 1984, p. 152, illustrated.
    Exhibition catalogue, Nathaniel Hone the Younger, Dublin, National Gallery of Ireland, 1991, pp. 90-91, no. 14, illustrated.
    A. Crookshank and Knight of Glin, Ireland's Painters 1600-1940, New Haven and London, 2002, p. 252, illustrated.


    Paris, Salon, 1869, no. 1202, as 'Lisière de bois'.
    Dublin, Irish International Exhibition, 1907, no. 132.
    London, Irish Art Gallery, Franco-British Exhibition, 1908, no. 39.
    London, Whitechapel Art Gallery, Exhibition of Irish Art, 1913, no. 115.
    Dublin, Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, Exhibition of Painters from Irish Galleries, May - August 1957.
    Columbus, Ohio, Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts, Aspects of Irish Art, January - March 1974, no. 53: this exhibition travelled to Toledo, Ohio; and St Louis, Missouri.
    Dublin, National Gallery of Ireland, The Irish Impressionists, October - November 1984, no. 13.
    Dublin, National Gallery of Ireland, Nathaniel Hone the Younger, June - August 1991, no. 14.