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    Sale 7813

    Glin Castle - A Knight in Ireland

    7 May 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 182

    Sir Oswald Joseph Hornby Birley, R.P., R.O.I. (1880-1952)

    Dublin Bay from the Hills above Rathfarnham, Co. Dublin

    Price Realised  

    Sir Oswald Joseph Hornby Birley, R.P., R.O.I. (1880-1952)
    Dublin Bay from the Hills above Rathfarnham, Co. Dublin
    signed 'Oswald Birley' (lower right), and further signed and inscribed 'Dublin Bay /2/Oswald Birley/62 Wellington Road/NW8' (on the exhibition label on the reverse)
    oil on canvas
    19¾ x 30 in. (50 x 76 cm.)


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    Although best known as a portrait painter, lots 182 and 183 show Birley's considerable ability as a landscape painter. It is thought that both views were executed circa 1921, around the time he married the Irish beauty Rhoda Vava Lecky Pike, the daughter of Robert Lecky Pike, of Kilnock, Co. Carlow. Technically, a broader brushstroke can be seen in the works, introduced by Birley in the 1920s. Dublin Bay from the Hills above Rathfarnham is of particular interest as it documents the area before the extensive development later in the century.

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    Provenance

    Charleston Manor, Alfriston, Sussex; The remaining contents of Sir Oswald Birley's Studio, sold Christie's House sale, 13 October 1980, lot 12.


    Literature

    W. Laffan, Painting Ireland, 2006, pp.222-3, pl.154.


    Exhibited

    The Royal Institute of Oil Painters, no. 2.