Many British artists have painted Irish scenes over the years, whether for commercial purposes, or in a private capacity, and I will be adding them to this page. Railway companies and postcard publishers on both sides of the Irish Sea used a wide variety of well known British artists to paint Irish scenes….more to follow
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Page updated 4/8/2019.
Allen, Harry Epworth RBA (1894 – 1958)
Born in Sheffield, England. Awarded the Military Medal in World War.I.
Left to right: “Connemara Cottages” pastel (10″ x 14) sold at Morgan O’Driscoll’s 20/4/2015 – €1,400.00 and “Keel Lake, Achill Island“.
Left to right: “Connemara Cottages” egg tempera (10″ x 14″), unsold at Sheppard’s (Durrow) – 26/9/2017; and “Boyle Bridge, Roscommon” dated 1930, watercolour and pencil (6″ x 8.5″), unsold at Morgan O’Driscoll’s – 1/7/2019.
A lot more of his Irish work can be viewed here: Art Net: H E Allen
Audigier, Elizabeth M
English born artist now working in Connemara.
“The Maumeen Mountains, Connemara” watercolour (20″ x 27″), sold at Dolan’s (Connemara Auction – Aug.2016) for €325.00.
Bailey, Nancy (1913 – 2012)
“Port Ballantrae, Antrim, Northern Ireland” oil on canvas (17.5″ x 23.5″), sold at David Lay, Auctioneers, Penzance – 25/10/2018 for £280.00.
Barker, John (1911 – 1959)
A graphic artist who worked under the name Kraber in the late 1930s.
Designed posters for London Transport and British Railways.
Bartlett, William Henry RBA (1858 – 1932)
“The End of the Fair, Back to the Island” © National Museums Northern Ireland
“Wool Washing, Connemara” an early postcard (p.u 1904) is an affordable way to collect the artist’s work!
Black, Montague Birrell (1884 – 1964)
Born in Stockwell, London he was Poster artist and illustrator.
British Railways poster extolling the delights of Portstewart – sold at Swann Auction Galleries, New York 1/8/2018 for $390.00.
Boler, Cyril (1895 – 1978)
“A Cabin, Connemara” watercolour (14.5″ x 20.5″) sold at Morgan O’Driscoll’s – 17/10/2011 for €450.00.
Bone, Stephen NEAC (1904 – 1958)
“The Custom House, Dublin” oil on board (12″ x 16″), sold at Whyte’s – 10/12/2016 for €580.00.
Bool, Charles A (1876 – 1942)
Born and died in Bath, England.
“In the Mourne Mountains” watercolour drawing (11″ x 15″), unsold at Ross’s – 9/8/2017.
“An Irish Village” watercolour drawing (11″ x 15″), unsold at Ross’s – 9/8/2017.
Bourke, Robert (1909 – 1991)
Robert Burke was an art teacher and landscape and figure painter. He was born in Dundee in Scotland and studied at Dundee College of Art. He subsequently became an art teacher at the Boy’s Central School in Grantham, Lincolnshire, between 1931 and 1936. He then moved to Ireland, and from 1936 to 1974 he was headmaster at the Waterford School of Art. In 1937 he joined the organising committee of the annual WAE, later becoming its chairman. He exhibited at the RA, RSA, RHA and the Paris Salon. He died in Dunmore East, Co Waterford, in 1991. Ref: Greyfriars Municipal Gallery Waterford
“The Quay, Waterford, 1946” pen and wash on paper.
Bowers, Stephen J – (fl.1880 – 1900)
Supplied Misch & Stock, London, postcard publishers, with artwork for their “Nature Miniatures” series. Original watercolours by the artist are still very affordable and crop up at auction from time to time.
Left to right: “The Rock of Cashel“, “The Giant’s Causeway” and “Glendalough” – Misch & Stock.
Bravington, Fruin Bruce Charles (1910 – 2000)
“Cottage near Bantry” oil on board (10″ x 13″), unsold at Ross’s – 11/10/2017.
Breanski de, Alfred Fontville Jnr. (1877 – 1957)
“Fisherman’s House, Donegal, Ireland” oil on canvas (23″ x 30″), sold at Adam’s – 31/5/2017 for €1,700.
Left to right: “Ross Castle, Killarney” and “McGillycuddy’s Reeks” – two examples of the artist’s work reproduced as postcards by J.Salmon Ltd., Sevenoaks.
Brobbel, John Christopher RBA (1950)
“Farmyard, Kilbrack” oil on board (6.5″ x 9.5″), unsold at Whyte’s – December 2014.
“Wild Flowers in a Lovat Jug” dated 1993, oil on canvas (20″ x 16″), sold at Whyte’s – 30/11/2004 for €1,800.
Buckle, Claude (1905 – 1973)
Burtonshaw, Keith (1930 – 2008)
Keith Burtonshaw was a highly competent self-taught artist, influenced by Constable, Gainsborough and Reynolds. Watercolour was his principal medium, but he also worked in oil, and occasionally graphite and pastel.
“Morning Light, Connemara” watercolour (10″ x 14″), sold at Morgan O’Driscoll’s – 30/1/2017 for €100.00.
Left to right: “Connemara” watercolour (11″ x 14″), sold at Morgan O’Driscoll’s – 30/1/2017 for €120.00; and “Connemara” watercolour (10.5″ x 13.5″), sold at Morgan O’Driscoll’s – 28/5/2018 for €70.00.
Chambers, George (1803 – 1840)
“The Quay Waterford, taken from the prospect of the bank at Fletcher’s Castle, Ferrybank” pen and ink study (10″ x 14″), sold at Fonsie Mealy’s – 20/11/2018 for €1,600.
Chapleo, Beatrice RUA
English born artist living and working in Northern Ireland for many years.
“The Pheasant” gouache, (16″ x 22″) sold at Whyte’s – Irish Youth Foundation London Auction – 9/11/2006 for €1,125.
Clarke, Derek RSW ARSA (1912 – 2014)
“Connemara Family” dated 1946, oil on canvas, (36″ x 48”), sold at Adams – 26/3/2013 for €38,000.
Cobb, David (1921 – 2014)
Left to right: “Northern Ireland, Mountains of Mourne” dated 1954, oil on board (30″ x 24″), sold at Christie’s, London – 5/10/2005 for £600.00; and a 1950’s British Railways poster incorporating the painting – also sold at Christie’s, London – 15/9/2008 for £500.00.
Constantine, William Henry (d.1985)
William Henry Constantine was a keen artist all his life and prided himself on being largely self-taught. He served with the R.A.F. in India and Ceylon during the Second World War and it was while he was on active service that painting became a passion.
After the War he became employed as an artist by Judges of Hastings, postcard publishers., and it is for his work with the firm that he is chiefly known. He produced a number of Irish scenes but whether these were done from photographs or from site visits is unknown.
As well as working for Judges he also had a picture accepted by the Royal Academy Exhibition and Tour in 1962 and other exhibitions followed.
Corner, Sarah (1964)
“The Golden Vale, The River Suir, Tipperary” oil on paper (11″ x 20″), unsold at Morgan O’Driscoll’s – 19/6/2017.
Cotton, Alan (1938)
Born in England at Redditch, Worcestershire Alan Cotton studied at Redditch and Bournville Schools of Art, the Painting School of Birmingham College of Art and the University of Birmingham.
Cowern, Raymond Teague (1913 – 1986)
Left to right: Posters published Baynard Press (1952) and by Browne & Nolan Ltd (1953).
Crosse, Malcolm (fl. 1891 – 1914)
“Westport, Clewe Bay” watercolour (7.5″ x 15.5″) one of a pair sold at Ewbanks – 23/6/2016 for just £75.00.
“Downings Bay, Sheephaven” watercolour (7.5″ x 15.5″) the other one of the pair sold at Ewbanks – 23/6/2016 for just £75.00.
Cusden, Leonard (1898 – 1979)
British graphic artist who produced numerous travel, safety and other posters during the 1930s.
Left to right: 1932 poster produced for the English Great Western Railway and an earlier one from 1926.
Dawson, Gladys (1909 – 1993)
Gladys Dawson was born in Rochdale, Lancashire, and was known for her watercolours of windmills, castles and old buildings, as well as birds and mammals of the British Isles.
“Biddy’s Creek and the Sugar Loaf Mountains, Glengarriff” watercolour (10″ x 14″).
Dawson, Septimus (1851 – 1914)
Septimus Dawson was born in Sunderland, Durham apparently to Irish parents but my research online reveals only Yorkshire connections. He is known to have visited and painted in Ireland on a number of occasions. He specialised in depicting rustic types and genres similar to those painted by Erskine Nicol.
“The Card Game” oil on canvas (28″ x 36″), sold at Whyte’s – 29/9/2008 for €5,500.
Left to right: “Several More Miles to Travel” dated 1885, oil on canvas (17.5″ x 13″), sold at James Adam’s – 30/9/2015 for €520.00; and “The First Irish Immigrants” oil on canvas, unframed (12″ x 10″), sold at Clarke’s Auctions, Wiltshire – 9/3/2019 for £550.00.
Drummond, Nora (1862 – 1949)
Nora Drummond was born in Somerset, England, the second of fourteen children she came from an artistic family – her father being a former Master of the Bath School of Art and Design and an art tutor to the Royal Family, and her mother the daughter of the artist James Hardy (1801-1879). A number of other close relations were also well known artists of the day. She is, perhaps, best known for her postcard scenes of British and Irish rural life and hunting supplied to publishers such as the one below by Raphael Tuck & Sons, London.
Irish Life: Mountain Goats – an early postcard.
Two more of her Tuck postcards from the Irish Life series: Carting Seaweed and Carting Peat.
Duncan, Mary (1885 – 1964)
English artist who lived in Ireland for a 12 year period.
Left to right: “Farm buildings with hens by a pond” oil on canvas (18″ x 22″) sold at Whyte’s – 10/12/2005 for €1,000; and “Women and Child by a Cart” oil on canvas (28″ x 22″), unsold at Whyte’s – 27/5/2019.
Edwards, Lionel Dalhousie Robertson (1878 – 1966)
“The Kilkenny Hunt in full cry at Clonassay” dated 1939, gouache (13.5″ x 20″), sold at Dreweatts, London – 3/12/2014 for £7,192.
Eldred, Mark (1964)
Mark Eldred was born in Hong Kong but grew up in rural Norfolk, England. After leaving school he went to Goldsmiths Art College in London and in 1985 received his Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in fine art for landscape & portrait painting. After a period travelling the world, he returned to England eventually moving to the West of Ireland in 1992.
Left to right: “Oaks and Bluebells, Killarney” oil on canvas (16″ x 24″); and “The Cliffs of Moher“.
“Cliff Walk, Loop Head Peninsula” oil on canvas (16″ x 24″).
Just a taste of what is available directly from the artist at his own gallery here: www.glenfleskartgallery.com
“The Judging Ring, RDS Horse Show” oil on canvas board (18″ x 24″), unsold at Morgan O’Driscoll’s – 5/3/2018.
“The Tipperary Hounds” oil on canvas (15.5″ x 19.5″), sold at Dolan’s – 8/2018 for €600.00.
Ellis, Cuthbert Hamilton (1909 – 1987)
“Great Northern Railway (Ireland) 4–4–0 Locomotive No.172” Photo credit: National Railway Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
Left to right: “Londonderry and Lough Swilly Railway 4–8–4T Locomotive No.6” and “2-6-4T Locomotive Alice”.
Emms, John (1843 – 1912)
Norfolk born artist noted for his equestrian and hunting scenes.
“The Hounds at Newtownbarry, Co.Wexford” from a modern copy commercially available on eBay here.
Patsy Farr is a painter and musician living and working in the west of Ireland. Her career as an artist began in Cornwall in the 1980’s under the training of Henry Israel. During this period she showed work in Cornwall, Bristol and London. In 1991 she won the Frank Herring award at the Pastel Society.
Since moving to Ballyferriter in 2000 her work has been shown in one person and mixed exhibitions in Dingle, Paris, and The Blackbird Gallery, Kilkenny & The Doorway Gallery, Dublin. Her paintings are widely collected and in 2004 a piece was purchased for the National Museum of Ireland.
Finch, Richard Henry Carew (1908 – 1985)
English born Abstract/Landscape artist. Little information is available.
“The Bay of Bray and the Wicklow Mountains” oil on canvas (22″ x 29″), unsold at Morgan O’Driscoll’s – 30/1/2017 and again 12/3/2018.
Forty, Frank (1902 – 1996)
A British artist known in Ireland for his watercolour landscapes of Donegal and Kerry, Frank Forty was a consultant surgeon as well as a musician and painter. He exhibited with the Royal Society of British Artists, the Medical Art Society (London), the Federation of British Artists and the Society of French Artists, as well as with various local and provincial English societies.
“Muckish, Donegal” oil on board. Sold at Whyte’s 15/12/2007 – €200.00.
Fripp, Alfred Downing RWS (1822 – 1895)
Born in Bristol and studied at the Royal Academy Schools, Alfred Fripp exhibited with the Royal Watercolour Society, the Royal Academy, the Royal Society of British Artists in London, and the Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin from 1844 to 1853.
“Pilgrim Approaching the Altar Site at Clonmacnoise” c.1846, watercolour (29″ x 22.5″), sold at Adam’s – 2/12/2015 for €2,300.
Fryer, Katherine “Kate” Mary (1910 – 2017)
“Gathering Stones, Aran Islands” oil on canvas (21.5″ x 26″), sold at Whytes – 9/10/2001 for €2,031 including buyer’s premium.
Gallon, Robert (1845 – 1925)
A landscape and coastal painter who lived in St John’s Wood, London. He travelled extensively throughout the British Isles to paint his subjects.
“Ross Castle, Co.Kerry” from an early 20th century postcard published by Hildesheimer (London).
Gaythwaite, Miles W
“Bog Island, Fermanagh” watercolour drawing (16″ x 20″), unsold at Ross’s – 31/5/2017.
Goode, Martin (1932 – 2002)
Gould, David (1855 – 1930)
Scottish born artist who came over to Belfast in 1891 to learn damask design, but instead studied painting at the Government School of Art.
“The End of Autumn” watercolour (14″ x 20.5″), sold at Whyte’s – 22/2/2005 for €2,000.
Gould, David RA RHA (1871 – 1952)
“Lough Corrib, Galway” dated 1920, watercolour – sold on eBay 16/11/2017 for £75.
“Lough Mask, Connemara” watercolour.
Graham, Rigby MBE (1931 – 2015)
Left to right: “‘Slievemore, Achill Island” oil on board (29″ x 21″); and “Dunamase, Co.Laois” acrylic on paper (15″ x 22″), sold at Stride & Son Auctioneers, West Sussex – 27/7/2018 for £620.00 and £240.00 respectively.
Rigby Graham’s “Irish Voyage” a fascinating insight into the artist and his work.
Greene, John (fl.1957 – 1965)
Patricia graduated in Fine Art from Durham University in 1959. She taught art in secondary schools for a few years, but since the mid 1960’s she has worked as a self-employed, freelance artist. Patricia paints in a variety of media, exhibiting works in watercolour, pastel, acrylic, tapestry and mixed media. Subjects range from conventional, representational, still life, architectural and landscapes to abstract images based on the same range of subjects.
“Peat workers having a chat, Connemara” watercolour (9″ x 13″).
Guille, Captain J D
Noted for his detailed paintings of British and Irish hunting scenes.
“Bray Hounds on Bray Head” oil on board (19.5″ x 23.5″), sold at Milltown Country Auction Rooms – 11/9/2017 for €1,200.
Gulland, George Lovell (1862 – 1941)
Professor George Lovell Gulland was a well known Cardiac and Haematology specialist from Edinburgh. He also served with distinction with the Royal Army Medical Corps during the Great War. One of his relaxations seems to have been painting and a number of his watercolours have been sold in recent years.
“Ballyhoorisky, Donegal” 1934, watercolour.
Gunn, William Archibald (1877 – 1966)
Two figures alongside a donkey carrying turf in a Connemara landscape, pastel on board (20″ x 24″), sold at Sheppard’s – 25/9/2018 for €400.
Halliday, Claire Patricia (1961)
“Castlehaven Ash” dated 2015, acrylic and mixed media (20″ x 28″), sold at Morgan O’Driscoll’s – 13/3/2017 for €200.00.
Hamilton Ellis, Cuthbert (1909 – 1987)
“Londonderry and Lough Swilly Railway 4-8-4T Locomotive No.6“. Collection of the National Railway Museum, York.
“Co.Donegal Railways 2-6-4T Alice in the Barnesmore Gap“. Collection of the National Railway Museum, York.
Hely Hutchinson, Nicholas (1955)
“Beltra Lough, Co.Mayo” dated 2002, oil on canvas (34″ x 40″), sold at Morgan O’Driscoll’s – 23/1/2017 for €1,600.
Hill, Rowland Henry (1873 – 1952)
Born in Halifax, West Yorkshire.
“Cottages, Co.Donegal” watercolour, sold at Mealy’s – 4/10/2016 for €240.00.
Horder, Margaret (1903 – 1978)
Born in New South Wales, Australia.
Howes, Rodney (1948)
“In the Mournes” oil on canvas (24″ x 30″), sold at Ross’s – 9/8/2017 for £140.00.
Hubbard, Eric Hesketh (1892 – 1957)
London, Midland & Scottish Railway poster.
Jamieson, F E (1895 – 1950)
“Ross Castle, Killarney” dated 1916, oil on canvas (25″ x 35″), sold on eBay 1/2017 for £843.90.
Keene, Ezra ‘Elmer’ (1853 – 1929)
Ezra ‘Elmer’ Keene was born in 1853 in Nottinghamshire to a Quaker family. During the 1870s he switched from being a miller and baker to being an artist and photographer. Elmer married a Yorkshire girl Eliza Darlow and they had 11 children, four of whom became artists. The family moved to Leicester in 1901; Elmer died there in 1929.
He was known for producing card-friendly images in coastal and rural places, often moonlight scenes. Ref: www.rhyl-life.blogspot.ie/2010/04/elmer-keene
Elmer Keene was a mainly a postcard artist who painted over 2,000 postcards of landscapes and marine scenes.
“Innisfallen” charcoal drawing (13″ x 26″) sold by Sulis Fine Art.
Two postcard views from the “Chic” series published by Charles Worcester & Co., Bristol – dating from 1910 – left to right: “The Upper Lake, Killarney” and “The Amphitheatre, Giant’s Causeway“.
Kennedy, Thomas (1900 – 1981)
A Scottish born artist.
A pair of untitled Irish landscapes, watercolour (7″ x 9″), sold at Copake Auction Inc., New York – 18/5/2019 for just $20.
1953 British Railway poster.
Klee, Raymond (-2013)
Welsh born artist who spent the latter years of his life in Bantry, Co.Cork.
“Sky over Inchydoney” oil on board (11″ x 17″), sold at Morgan O’Driscoll’s – 30/1/2017 for €240.00.
Klitz, Anthony Robert (1917 – 2000)
Born in Southport, he attended Bishop Wordsworth’s School in Salisbury and studied art at the Cheltenham Art College from 1936-1939, whilst simultaneously training to be an architect.
He lived and worked in Ireland in the latter part of his long and prolific career. He specialised in urban cityscapes and architectural landscapes with a soft impressionistic style and bold use of colour. He exhibited throughout Ireland and the UK regularly since the 1950s and produced many works in both oil and watercolour.
“View of the Four Courts, Dublin” oil on canvas (20″ x 30″), sold at Whyte’s – 15/12/2007 for €2,500.
“By the River Lee, Cork” oil on canvas (24″ x 36″), sold at Morgan O’Driscoll’s – 21/5/2018 for €850.00.
Prints of the artist’s work are available here: www.tonyklitz.com
Lancaster, Percy RBA ARE RI (1878 – 1951)
“Summer Light, Connemara” oil on canvas (25″ x 30″), sold at Rosebery’s (West Norwood, UK) – 6/12/2017 for £800.00.
Lander, Ronald Montague (1913 – 1982?)
Born in London and studied at the Hammersmith School of Art. Freelance commercial artist and poster designer. Chief designer and studio manager at Ralph Mott Studio (1930-9). Worked for Government Ministries and British Transport Commission. Produced posters for GWR, LNER, British Rail and the Post Office.
“The Ampitheatre, Giant’s Causeway” British Railways/Northern Ireland Tourist Board poster sold on eBay 7/7/14 – £124.00.
Lampitt, Ronald (1906 – 1988)
Ronald Lampitt was born in Worcester in 1906. He was a painter and illustrator in oils and watercolour, specialising in landscapes and rural scenes. He produced a lot of posters for the GWR, LMS, SR as well as BR. He also produced work for book and magazine covers, and for Ladybird books. More about his various books here: www.fulltable.com
British Railways poster featuring the Vale of Clara in County Wicklow dating from 1958.
Leach, Dorothy M (1924 – 2015)
“Ervallagh, Connemara” oil on canvas (11.5″ x 27.5″), sold at London Auctions (Chiswick) – 22/1/2018 for £65.
“Letterfrack, Connemara – View from Manor House” oil on canvas (12″ x 28″).
Lear, Edward (1812 – 1888)
Edward Lear: The Landscape Artist – Tours of Ireland and The English Lakes, 1835 & 1836 – by Charles Nugent and published by The Wordsworth Trust in 2009. Large format paperback, 240pp – published to accompany a major exhibition at the Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere in the English Lake District.
The book focuses on Edward Lear’s early years as a landscape artist, and brings together over eighty drawings from various private and public collections. It provides the first detailed account of the artist’s visit to Ireland in 1835.
Extremely scare and very expensive!
Pat Leckey was born in Yorkshire and lived between the Yorkshire Dales and Ilkley Moor before marrying and moving to Lisburn.
“Chickens Feeding” watercolour drawing (8″ x 11″), sold at Ross’s – 2/2/2017 for £40.
Lee-Wade, Robert RUA (1944)
Originally from Doncaster in South Yorkshire, Rita studied art at Doncaster Art College and Canterbury. She has exhibited in London, Birmingham, Hull and Doncaster.
Rita moved to County Clare over 3 years ago and has exhibited at Ennis, Ennistymon, Kilkee and Scariff. She has a studio at Creegh North, and paints mainly in oils, various subject matters but all to do with the effect of light and shade.
“Beasts in the Meadow“.
Left to right: “Doughmore Bay” and “Old Cottage at Creegh“.
Lots more of the artist’s work here: Rita Linney
Longstaffe, Edgar (1852 – 1933)
A well known Victorian landscape painter from Derbyshire. During the 1880s he exhibited five times at the Royal Academy as well as at the Royal Hibernian Academy and at Birmingham. A prolific painter, many of his original works, most commonly signed with a monogram but sometimes initialled ‘E.L.’ or signed ‘E Longstaffe’ regularly turn up at auction.
The artist was employed by various postcard publishers including Raphael Tuck & Sons and S. Hildesheimer & Co.
“The Old Weir Bridge, Killarney, Co.Kerry” from an early 20th century postcard published by S.Hildesheimer & Co.
Two more Hildesheimer postcard views: “The Gap of Dunloe, Killarney” and “Ross Castle, Killarney“.
Longueville, James (1942)
“Fair Weather, Manning Bay, Connemara” oil on board (20″ x 30″) sold at Lawsons, New South Wales, Australia – 19/10/2014 for Au $1,000.00/€640.00.
Lupton, Lewis F (1909 – 1996)
Lewis Lupton was an artist, author, and illustrator. After studying art at Sheffield College of Arts & Crafts he worked as a commercial artist in Sheffield and London. During World War 2 he worked on campaigns for the Ministries of Food, Information, Fuel and Power.
“A Dairy Farm in Eire” a lithographic poster produced by educational publishers Macmillan & Co. (London) in 1960. An idealised view of a farm if ever there was one!
Maile, Ben (1922 – 2017)
Ben Maile was known internationally for his impressionistic and atmospheric military studies — mostly oil on canvas — which have been exhibited all over the world.
He relied on the mood of the painting, rather than historical accuracy, to convey the power of the work. One of his famous early works, ‘The Thin Red Line’, led to a commission from the famous West Point military academy in the US to produce ‘The Long Gray Line‘.
Having spent most of his life in Cornwall, he settled in the west of Ireland several years ago and painted the famous Battle of Aughrim, and his commission, The Irish Soldier Through The Ages, hangs in a lounge area of the officer’s mess in the Military College at the Curragh.
“The Thin Red Line” Painting Valley ©
Marshall, John J (1940)
John Marshall was born in London but following a visit to Northern Ireland some 40 years ago he became captivated with the Irish countryside, so much so that he settled here.
“Donegal Thatch” watercolour (7.5″ x 12″), sold at Morgan O’Driscoll’s – 25/9/2017 for €90.00.
Mason, William (1906 – 2002)
Born in Newport in south Wales. Mason studied at Newport College of Art, 1923 – 27, and the Royal College of Art, 1927 – 31. Taught at Scarborough School of Art, 1932 – 37, and at St. Albans School of Art from 1945 until his retirement in the early 1970’s.
Mason spent much of his life in Belfast where his talent was recognised by gallery owner and important collector George McClelland who promoted his work for many years.
“Butt Bridge, Dublin” dated 1970, pastel (8″ x 12″), sold at Whytes – 10/12/2016 for €380.00.
Maybank, Thomas H (1869 – 1929)
Born Hector Thomas Maybank Webb in Beckenham, Kent, son of William Webb, a school board visitor, and his wife Annie, a china and glass dealer. At the age of eight he was thrown from a horse, injuring his hip. He stayed in St Thomas’ Hospital for two years with the resulting bone disease.
He became a surveyor for the Borough of Croydon, and in his spare time was a musician, singing baritone and playing the piano, organ and cello. He became a full-time artist in 1902, contributing to Punch regularly until 1909. He was the original artist on Uncle Oojah, written by Flo Lancaster, in the Daily Sketch from 1921.
As an artist and illustrator, he was known for his depictions of fairies and pixies and magical landscapes which were used on London Underground advertising posters, prints, and children’s books.
Left to right: “A Kerry Colleen” postcard pub.by Eyre & Spottiswoode – Woodbury Series No.4383. and “Torc Mountain from Dinis Island, Killarney” pub.by Eyre & Spottiswoode – Woodbury Series No.3882 – postally used 1917.
McIntyre, Robert Finlay (1846 – 1906)
A London artist who exhibited at the Royal Academy, Royal Society of British Artists, the New English Art Club and the Goupil Gallery. His paintings are delicate and often painted in an impressionistic manner.
“Upper Lake, Killarney” from an early 20th century postcard published by Raphael Tuck & Sons (London).
Medhurst, David (1940)
English born artist now living and working in County Down.
I am originally from Edinburgh in Scotland and now live and work in the picturesque village of Quin in County Clare. I am inspired by the beautiful surroundings in Clare, in particular moments of everyday life in the towns and villages which might otherwise be overlooked. I studied at Edinburgh College of Art and after graduating, I continued to paint sporadically as work and life took over with young kids. As they have got older I have had more time to pursue my passion.
Although I have dabbled with many media including oils, pastels and acrylic and have painted many subject matters including portraits, I most enjoy painting buildings and in particular townscapes, most recently with pen and watercolour. I love to put people into my paintings. I think they bring a sense of everyday normality to the scene, while at the same time, bringing them to life. My main aim is to make someone smile when they view my work.
“Beers in Bunratty” pen and watercolour.
Left to right: “Time for Tea” and “Swanning Around” both pen and watercolour.
Originals, prints and cards are available for sale on the artist’s website.
Merriott, Jack RI, ROI, RSMA, RWS (1901 – 1968)
Jack Merriott was an English author, artist, and poster designer famous for his artworks produced for British Railways and the General Post Office.
Monk, Willam RE (1863 – 1937)
“The Grand Entrance, Irish International Exhibition 1907” watercolour (13″ x 18″), sold at Whyte’s – 9/10/2001 for €888.00 including buyer’s premium.
“Mountain Landscape, West of Ireland” watercolour (12.5″ x 18.5″).
Moorcroft, Rose Elizabeth
Lancashire born artist now living in County Clare.
“Ireland” acrylic on canvas (16″ x 16″), sold at Ross’s – 15/5/2019 for £20.00.
Morle, Stuart (1960)
Stuart Morle was born in Formby, near Liverpool. He studied Fine Art at the Central School of Art & Design (Central St. Martins) in London from 1979-82. On completing his degree course and having won an Italian government scholarship he went to live in Siena, Italy in the summer of 1982.
After buying and restoring a small property in the Chianti area he began to establish himself as a portrait painter working for both British and Italian clients. In early 2000 he moved to Ireland where his works sell well at Whyte’s Irish art auctions, held quarterly at the RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin. Since 2010, he has lived in Lisbon and, more recently in Durham, England. He continues to paint on private commission and also for auction in Ireland.
“Killiney Bay, Ireland” (2012) oil on canvas.
Nixon, John (c.1750-1818)
John Nixon was the son of Robert Nixon, a wealthy Irish merchant based in London. John too became a successful merchant but managed to develop a career as an artist at the same time. He exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1781 and 1813 and was noted for his caricatures and landscapes. Mixing business with pleasure he visited Ireland in the 1780s and 1790s and presumably it was on one of these trips that the painting (below) of Shane’s Castle was undertaken.
“Shane’s Castle, Lough Neagh” watercolour (5.5″ x 7.5″), sold at Whyte’s – 4/3/2019 for €1,600.
Oakley, Charles Ernest (1925 – 2008)
“Donegal Series” watercolour drawing (8″ x 11″), sold at Ross’s – 13/9/2017 for £180.00.
Olsson, Albert Julius (1864 – 1942)
A British maritime artist born in Islington, London and died in Dalkey, Co.Dublin.
“Sunset at Bundoran, Northern Ireland” oil on panel (14″ x 18″), unsold at David Lay Auctions, Penzance, Cornwall – 27/7/2017.
“Summer Morning, Co.Down” oil on canvas (24″ x 30″) – available here: www.messums.com
Padden, Daphne (1927 – 2009)
Born in London, the daughter of Percy Padden, a well known a travel poster illustrator working in the 20’s and 30’s. She attended the Epsom & Ewell School of Art. After college she became a freelance designer, producing posters and publicity material for the British Transport Commission, the Post Office Savings Bank, the British Diabetic Society, ROSPA, P&O, Trust House Forte, British European Airways and British Railways.
Left to right: a 1956 poster produced for British Railways; and a later watercolour “Barn Owls by their Nest Box” from the late 1970’s when the artist painted for pleasure.
“Birth of the Irish Republic“.
Powell, Brian David (1932)
The artist was born in York and later moved to Cumbria. Noted for his landscape paintings.
“Antrim Holiday” 1998, watercolour (7″ x 11″).
“Coastal Night Light, Antrim” 1998, watercolour (7″ x 11″).
“Tranquility in the Mournes” oil on canvas (20″ x 30″), sold at Ross’s – 1/3/2017 for £380.00.
Rendle-Wood, Robert Sydney (1894 – 1987)
Born in Plymouth, England. A painter of landscapes and coastal scenes in oil, tempera and watercolour. He studied at Plymouth School of Art and later at Edinburgh College of Art under David Foggie. He exhibited at the Royal West of England Academy, Royal Hibernian Academy, Royal Society of Scottish Painters in Watercolours, Glasgow Institute, Society of Scottish Artists, and with the National Society of Painters and Gravers (NS) of which group he was a full member. He lived in Northern Ireland for a number of years and was a member, and later secretary, of the Ulster Art Society in the late 1920s, and was also honorary secretary and member of Ulster Academy of Arts. He returned to the West Country became a member of the St Ives Society of Artists and of the Plymouth Society of Artists. – Sulis Fine Art.
“Islandmagee, Co.Antrim” watercolour, from the book Irish Life and Landscape by J Crampton Walker.
Richards, John Inigo (1731 – 1810)
“The Salmon Leap at Leixlip, Ireland” (1764) watercolour and graphite on medium, slightly textured, cream laid paper. In the collection of the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut, USA.
Richmond, Leonard (1889 – 1965)
Born in Somerset, England.
AKA Leonard “Slim” Richmond was a British painter, graphic artist, illustrator, poster designer, educator, author, art critic and a Canadian war artist.
Left to right: “Meeting of the Waters, Killarney” Great Western Railway poster and “The Lakes of Killarney” oil on canvas which sold for A$500 at Leonard Joel Auctions, Melbourne, Australia on the 3/5/2016.
Jenni Robinson is a Scottish self-taught artist now living in Comber, Co Down. Focusing on the landscapes, flora and fauna from her travels around the UK and Ireland, she primarily works in acrylics but also enjoys printmaking and runs workshops introducing people to the linocut method.
“Dawn at The Shepherd’s Rest, Draperstown“.
Rodmell, Harry Hudson (1896 – 1984)
Harry Hudson Rodmell was an English painter and Commercial artist, specialising in marine art.
Roper-Curzon, Henry George (1822 – 1892) 17th Baron Teynham
“Lawrence Gate, Drogheda” dated 1878, watercolour (33″ x 23″), sold at Whyte’s – 23/2/2015 for €1,400.00.
Two other works by the artist are held in the Highlanes Gallery Collection at Drogheda, Co.Louth.
Rudge, Margaret (1885 – 1972)
“Trinity College” etching (3.5″ x 5.5″), sold at Morgan O’Driscoll’s – 2/9/2018 for €70.
Scott, J B
LMS poster from 1930.
Shalders, George (1826 – 1873)
Painted scenes of Cork, Kerry and Connemara.
View of Glengariff oil on canvas ( 11″ x 15″) – one of a pair sold at Whyte’s – 29/2/2016 for €2,000.
“A cooling stream in Connemara” oil on canvas (24″ x 42″), sold at Christie’s (South Kensington) – 13/3/2013 for £2,250.
Slaughter, Stephen (1697 – 1765)
An English portrait artist who spent periods of his career in Dublin.
“Windham Quin of Adare, Co.Limerick, Ireland” (c.1745) oil on canvas. In the collection of the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut, USA.
Smith, John S
John Smith started drawing from as long back as he can remember. He went to art school just prior to WW.II. when he was called up and joined the Royal Navy. He served on the Cruiser HMS Niagara on the Malta and Russian convoys. After the war he continued his art studies and career. His work has been commissioned by many shipping and railway companies and his art has been used by many leading publishers in the UK and USA.
Spackman, Charles Basil Slater (1995 – 1971)
Basil Spackman was a Norfolk born artist who retired to County Cork after a long and distinguished in the British Armed Services.
“Irish Mountain Landscape” watercolour (9.5″ x 13.5) offered on eBay – July 2018.
Sparrow, Clodagh (1905 – 1957)
Clodagh Sparrow produced many original paintings for her designs commissioned by the railway companies, London, Midland and Scottish, Southern Electric, and London Transport during the 1930s and 1940s. She worked for the Norwegian High Command during World War.II. producing maps for raids on occupied Norway. After the War, she studied at the Byam Shaw School of Art and the Slade.
This is the only Irish poster that I’ve so far found for the artist, but I like it enough to sneak her onto the site!
Spilsbury Taylor, Maria (1777 – 1823)
“Pattern at Glendalough” c.1816, oil on canvas (40″ x 49″) – part of the The National Folklore Collection.
“The Drawing Room, Rossana, Co.Wicklow” dated 1822, pencil, ink and watercolour (9″ x 11″), sold at Christie’s (London) – 7/5/2009 for £5,000.
Spode, Samuel (1798 – 1872)
A noted equestrian artist.
“A Bay Mare in front of Burnchurch Castle and Tower, Co.Kilkenny” oil on canvas (25.5″ x 33.5″), sold at Sworders (Essex) – 5/12/2018 for £2,400.
Stanley, Jacqueline HRHA ARCA (1928)
“Tide & Castle, Ballinskelligs” (14″ x 18″), unsold at Morgan O’Driscoll’s – 28/5/2018.
Steel, Kenneth RBA SGA (1906 – 1970)
A British artist who was noted for his landscapes, street scenes and poster designs. Most of his work was produced as commercial pieces for the railways and he is also represented in a number of public collections including the Waterford Municipal Art Collection where his watercolour “St Audeon’s Church” can be seen in the Waterford Institute of Technology.
Above – a 1950s British Railways poster advertising Portstewart, Co.Londonderry.
Above: “Figures by St.Audeon’s Church, Dublin” pencil and watercolour. (12.5″x 13.75″), sold at Dolan’s (Connemara Sale) – August 2017 for €450.00.
Left to right: “Dawson Lane, Dublin” pencil. Sold Adams 11/5/2014 – €320.00; and “Kings Inns” watercolour (12.5″ x 18.5″).
Stuckey, Peter John (1921 – 2013)
Bristol born artist who specialised in aviation and nautical illustrations.
“Baltimore Beacon, Ireland” pen and ink drawing (13.5” x 9.5”).
Sweet, Walter Henry aka Brian Gerald (1889 – 1943)
A prolific West country artist who painted street scenes, moorland views and seascapes. He studied at Exeter School of Art under the guidance of his friend John Shapland. He worked locally and exhibited at the Devon and Exeter Annual Exhibition at the Elands Gallery in the early 1900’s. At the outbreak of the First World War he joined the Devonshire Regiment and saw active service abroad. After the war he moved to Dundee and was employed by James Valentine & Sons as a commercial illustrator.
His work for Valentines appears under the pseudonym Brian Gerald – apparently the first names of two of his sons.
Thompson, Elizabeth Southerden – Lady Butler (1846 – 1933)
A renowned British war artist.
“Evicted” nr.Glendalough, 1890.
“Lady Butler, Battle Artist” – published by Alan Sutton/National Army Museum, London, in 1987. Still available online.
Tomkus, Edward (1936)
Scottish artist living and working in Ireland for many years.
“St.Stephen’s Green, Dublin” dated 1980, oil on board (11″ x 9″), sold at Morgan O’Driscoll’s – 26/6/2017 for €100.00.
Left to right: “O’Connell Bridge, Dublin” oil on board (14″ x 19″), sold at Morgan O’Driscoll’s – 26/6/2017 for €180.00; and “Grand Canal, Dublin” oil on board (7″ x 9″), sold at Morgan O’Driscoll’s – 26/6/2017 for €160.00.
Left to right: Man drinking a pint of Guinness, watercolour (9.5″ x 7.5″), sold at Sheppard’s – 30/4/2019 for €120.00; and “Doheny & Nesbitt” watercolour (10.5″ x 14.5″), sold at Morgan O’Driscoll’s – 1/7/2019 for €160.00.
“Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin” oil on canvas.
Topham, Francis William RA (1808 – 1877)
“Cabin interior, Claddagh, Galway” 1849, watercolour (10″ x 8″), sold at Morgan O’Driscoll’s – 18/9/2017 for €380.00.
“The Irish Pattern, Connemara” 1876, oil on canvas (30″ x 60″) – © Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool.
Trick, Edward William (1902 – 1991)
A painter of watercolour landscapes and buildings who was born in Exeter. He was deaf and dumb, studied art under John Shapland the former headmaster of the Exeter School of Art. His subjects included cathedrals and old churches, but most of his work was landscapes including Dartmoor and Exmoor views. He exhibited at the local Exeter Art Society exhibitions.
Produced many postcard views for Valentine & Sons Ltd., (Dundee and London) and seems to have covered most of the British Isles. Whether these paintings were produced working from site visits or photographs is uncertain but I favour the latter probability.
Trundley, David (1949)
Equestrian artist from Cambridgeshire in England.
“Old Vic Gallop, Curragh” dated 2006, oil on canvas (25.5″ x 54″), unsold at Whyte’s – 28/5/2018.
Turner, Mike GRA
Illustration from the front cover of “The Dingle Train” published by the Plateway Press in 1996.
Turner de Lond, William (fl.1820 – 1837)
“George IV, King of England, Entering Dublin” 1821, part of the Collection of the National Gallery of Ireland. Painting shows the procession entering the north end of Sackville Street (now O’Connell Street) with the Rotunda Hospital in the background. An interesting blog post here concerning restoration work carried out on painting in 2016.
Twine, Paul Francis (1930 – 2000)
© the artist’s estate and the National Railway Museum/Science & Society Picture Library.
Waugh, Trevor (1952)
“Cobh, Co.Cork” oil on canvas (8.5″ x 16″), sold at Morgan O’Driscoll’s – 7/8/2018 for €600.00.
Way, Barnard (1890 – 1958)
A very good bio of the artist may be found here.
Dave West was born and raised in South Wales and is now settled in Balbriggan, North County Dublin. He studied at the Carmarthenshire College of Art & Design and recently completed a degree in Art History with the Open University. He has had numerous solo exhibitions including ‘Nocturama’ at Draiocht Arts Centre, ‘Spectral’ at the Leinster Gallery and 2 with the Blue Leaf Gallery. He has exhibited widely in Group Shows including the Royal Hibernian Academy, Royal Ulster Academy and Eígse, and in the UK with the Royal West of England Academy, Royal Society of Oil Painters, Royal Society of Marine Artists, The New English Art Club, The Royal Society of British Artists, and the UK Pastel Society, at which he won the 2013 Schminke Award.
Whaite, Clarence (1898 – 1978)
Clarence Whaite studied at Manchester evening schools, where he was awarded the Herbert Birley Gold Medal Award for Art, and a scholarship to London. He studied painting and design at the Slade.
“Sorrento Terrace, Dalkey” oil on canvas (14″ x 18″) dated 1949.
Left to right: “Glenmalure Valley, Lugnaquilla” oil on canvas (14″ x 18″) dated 1949; “Looking West from Ballycastle, towards Donegal” watercolour with pastel ( 7″ x 10″) and “Sugar Loaf Mountains, Wicklow” oil on canvas (14″ x 18″) dated 1949.
All four sold by Sulis Fine Art.
Wheatley, Francis (1747 – 1801)
“The Dublin Volunteers on College Green, 4th November, 1779” now in the collection of the National Gallery of Ireland.
“The Irish House of Commons in 1780” is now in the collection of Leeds City Council and may be seen at Lotherton Hall, Aberford, Leeds, West Yorkshire.
“The Salmon Leap, Leixlip” (1783) is far away in the collection of the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, Connecticut, USA.
Wickham, Heidi (1966)
Wilcox, Leslie Arthur RI RSMA (1904 – 1982)
L A Wilcox was an eminent British artist known mainly for his marine oil paintings. He was also a watercolourist, illustrator, poster artist, marine model-maker and author. His works are to be found in many collections around the world, including the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, and the Royal Collection.
This general Northern Ireland poster must date from between 1953/58 as the Great Northern Railway Board – named on the poster – only existed during that short time frame.
Wilkinson, Norman CBE RI (1878 – 1971)
“Coast Road, County Antrim” oil on canvas (18″ x 24″), sold at Whyte’s – 13/6/2001 for €1,523 including buyer’s premium.
“SS Connemara” a London & North Western Railway Company postcard.
LMS (London, Midland & Scottish Railway) poster.
UTA Ulster Transport Authority (1948-1966) poster from the 1950s. The UTA also used a number of the artist’s paintings for a series of postcards – now almost as scarce as the original art!
Left to right: “Salmon Fisheries, Northern Ireland” lithographic poster also for the UTA Ulster Transport Authority (1948-1966) and dating from the 1950s (40″ x 25″) – sold at Swann Auction Galleries (New York City) – 26/10/2017 for $1,000; and “A Northern Ireland Landscape” (42″ x 52″) linen backed, sold at Whyte’s – 5/5/2018 for €950.00.
Wilson, A J (1924)
A J Wilson was a commercial designer, landscape painter. Designed World War II posters as well as travel posters for British Railways. Member of Savage Art Group. Worked for Artists Partners Agency in Hyde Park, London.
Wood, Colin (1961)
Colin Wood is a self-taught artist, originally from Manchester, living and working in County Cavan since 2005. He works mostly in oils, painting local views and landmarks as well as some of the more well known places around Ireland. He also paints from imagination with freedom and just lets the painting evolve into being.
Colin also paints murals as well as undertaking commission work and can be contacted via his Facebook page here: Colin Wood
or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Left to right: “Country Life” oil on canvas board (12″ x 16″); and “Wild Flowers” oil on linen canvas (19.5″ x 27.5″).
“Forest Glow” 2019, oil on canvas (14″ x 16″).
Young, Walter Hayward “Jotter” (1868 – 1920)
“The Gap of Dunloe, Killarney” Jameson Whiskey advertising print (14″ x 22″) purchased by yours truly at Larry O’Keeffe’s Auctions, Clonmel – 19/9/2016 for just €30 including free delivery to Enniscorthy!
Apart from his extensive work for postcard publishers Raphael Tuck & Sons the artist’s paintings are undocumented making the seeking out of his work exciting and frustrating in equal measure. It is believed that the bulk of his original paintings, amounting to many hundred, supplied to Tucks were lost in the Blitz when the German Luftwaffe completely destroyed the company’s premises in a bombing raid on the 29th December, 1940. All of his postcard work for Tucks can be found on this very useful database: www.tuckdb.org
Hayward Young also supplied various British and Irish railway companies with poster artwork, as well as a number of other English postcard publishers. Perhaps I will be lucky enough to come across some of these original paintings in due course. He also found time to write two small books on sketching which can still be found online and are well worth tracking down – see below.
“Short Cuts to Sketching” is a very interesting work – much sought after by dealers for its colourful plates – and if you want an intact copy now is the time!
The great bulk of Hayward Young’s postcard work is signed “Jotter” but the paintings usually Hayward Young. He was so prolific an artist that one wonders how much of the work was done from field trips and how much from photographs. His “Short Cuts to Sketching” book mentions trips to Ireland so it is reasonable to assume that he had his sketchbook with him. Certainly, much of his work has a lively feel to it unlike much of that produced by other postcard artists who are known to have worked almost solely from photographs. I could go on – and will elsewhere as the opportunity arises – but I’ll finish for now with these two superb Irish postcard views published by Arthur Burkart & Co. of London.
“Dublin Bay from the Salthill Hotel“.
An interesting drawing of the Lake Hotel, Killarney, from a Great Southern Railways – Ireland Gem of the Sea – tourist guide published in 1930 some ten years after the artist’s death.
Some more information from my postcard site here: Irish Postcards Forum – Jotter