Unidentified Artists

Here I will be posting Irish paintings by artists that I have been unable to find anything about – even their nationality – and they will be moved to the relevant pages if and when information comes to light.  In alphabetical order as always.

Page updated 16/9/2020


The Steamship, The Tramp, off East Cork” oil on board (12″ x 16″).

Cooley, S

Ardmillan, Co.Down” watercolour bearing the label of John Small, Picture Frame Maker, 30 Bridge End, Belfast. Offered on eBay – October 2019.

Crouse, V F

Irish Landscape” dated 1971, oil on board (17.5″ x 29″), offered on eBay 7/2020.

de Brun, Elena (?)

Old Head of Kinsale” oil on board (9″ x 13″), sold at Herman & Wilkinson – 28/9/2018 for €30.00.

This was the name linked with the painting by auctioneers but the signature does not appear to match.

Grout, W E

Head of Devil’s Glen, Co.Wicklow, Ireland” gouache (14″ x 10″), sold at Ewbank’s, Surrey – 22/6/2018 for £55.00.

There are a small number of Grouts listed in the 1901 and 1911 censuses but none with the relevant initials.


Stranded Vessels, Bray” dated 25/12/1877, watercolour (19″ x 27″), sold at Rowley’s, Cambridgeshire – 7/9/2019 for £240.00.

From Killiney Hill looking towards Bray” oil on canvas (12″ x 16″), sold at Maynards (Vancouver) – 6/12/2018 for approx. £14,000.  Judging by the lack of housing development this is a 19th century view.

Jackson, Gordon

Rather nice artwork on this 1938 guide from Thomas Cook & Son Ltd.

A brief internet search has turned up nothing but I feel certain that I will in due course as the work is high quality.

Lambe, A

Mixed Farming in Eire” a Macmillan educational poster.

Ranson, G

The mouth of Waterford Harbour” dated 1835, watercolour (15″ x 22″), sold at Sean Eacrett Auctions – 18/2/2020 for €360.00.

Saunders, Andy

Predominantly a wildlife painter – possibly Northern Irish, but I haven’t been able to track him down yet.

Seamus Heaney aged Fourteen” pencil drawing (11″ x 8″), unsold at Ross’s – 6/11/2019.

Stuart, B F


I haven’t been able to turn up anything about the artist save for these three Rathlin Island postcards published by Baird & Co., Belfast circa 1905.


Warrenpoint: Visit Ireland lithographic poster, c.1935, linen backed with slight damage (35″ x  22.5″), sold at Weiss Auctions, Lynbrook, New York – 23/7/2020 for $675.00.

Newcastle, Co.Down” oil on canvas (12″ x 20″), sold at Gormley’s – 3/12/2019 for £90.00.

Construction of the River Blackwater railway viaduct at Mallow, Co.Cork. The painting is probably contemporaneous with the construction work in the late 1840s.