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

Dublin Bay from the Hills above Rathfarnham, Co. Dublin

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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.)
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.
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Lot Essay

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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