1921 (November) A rare drawing of Michael Collins during the Irish Treaty negotiations in London and a 1922 drawing of Arthur Griffith
Opening: €3,000 - €5,000
ca. US$3,496 - US$5,828
Price realised: €3,000
Estimate: €3,000 - €5,000
Price Realised: €3,000
Size: 16 x 12in. (40.64 x 30.48cm) Condition: Framed and glazed, no apparent faults, fine. Provenance: Private collection; Whyte's, 29 November 2005, lot 56; Apollo Gallery, Dublin; Private collection, Dublin The drawings are by Frank Leah (1886-1972) . The portrait of Collins is inscribed 'Jermyn Court Hotel London' and is a unique depiction during the negotiations - in fact there are very few original professional portraits of Collins from life. The Gri...Read more The drawings are by Frank Leah (1886-1972) . The portrait of Collins is inscribed 'Jermyn Court Hotel London' and is a unique depiction during the negotiations - in fact there are very few original professional portraits of Collins from life. The Griffith drawing is inscribed 'President Griffith sketched in Govt. Buildings a month before he died' The Griffith drawing measures 13.5 by 10 inches. Frank Leah, born in Stockport, was the eldest child of a large working class family and left home aged 15, making his home in Dublin. He worked as a cartoonist and caricaturist for Dublin newspapers. He was the art editor for five Dublin journals including the Weekly Freeman, contributed cartoons to the Dublin Evening Telegraph, and was an illustrator for The Irish Limelight, a short-lived Dublin periodical devoted to cinema and theatre. His portraits of Irish theatrical personalities were collected by Joseph Holloway and later donated to the National Library of Ireland. In 1917 he was the animator of the first Irish animated film, Ten Days' Leave, directed by Jack Warren the editor of The Irish Limelight. He later moved to London, where he became a psychic artist, painting the 'spirits' he perceived accompanying his sitters, and his paintings apparently sometimes bore a striking resemblance to deceased relatives and friends of the sitter, whom he had not met. He featured regularly in Psychic News over forty years. Visualise on Your Wall Using Art Visualiser 1. Scan the QR Code / Download Art Visualiser if it's your 1st time 2. Press Visualise On Wall / Aim your phone at your floor while it calibrates * 3. Move your position until it meets the floor and bottom of your wall 4. Click the Pin icon to lock it into place and the painting will appear on your wall 5. You can move the painting around with your finger and move your position to see the painting from different angles * Older mobile devices will require an AR Marker to be downloaded, printed on A4 and positioned on your wall Close
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