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 12/2/2023


The Steamship, The Tramp, off East Cork” oil on board (12″ x 16″), sold at Mealy’s – 30/9/2020 for €200.00.

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.

Gills, J D

Hounds on Bray Head” oil on board, sold at Lev Mitchell & Sons, Co.Louth – 6/10/2020 for €400.00.

Gray, I B

Probably British but no information discovered thus far.

Gray, I B

The Old Bog Road” a lithographic poster published by the Great Southern Rlys in the 1930s. This poster can be dated to the years between 1932 and 1942 – as indicated by the General Manager’s name on the poster.

This particular copy of the poster sold at Mirabaud-Mercier, Paris 6/7/2021 for €1,700.

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.

Higgins, Douglas

Possibly British?

Higgins, Douglas

Connemara Cottage” watercolour (14″ x 16″).


Blackrock Castle

A 19th century view of Blackrock Castle, Cork – unsigned, oil on canvas (19” x 23”), sold at Morgan O’Driscoll’s – 12/3/2018 for €400.00.


Panoramic view of Dublin Bay, dated 1867, initials ‘G.M’, watercolour (6″ x 19″), sold at Adams – 14/12/2021 for €240.00.

Stranded Vessels, Bray” dated 25/12/1877, watercolour (19″ x 27″), sold at Rowley’s, Cambridgeshire – 7/9/2019 for £240.00. Reappeared at Morgan O’Driscoll’s 7/2/2023 where it was attributed to George Seignelay Cuthbert (1840-1918) and sold for €460.00.

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.

Glen-Of-The-Downs-Artist unknown

A view of the Glen of the Downs, Co.Wicklow – nice but no clue as to date or artist.



Untitled riverscape, 1981, oil on canvas (19.7″ x 29.9″) – possibly Glengarriff – sold at Morgan O’Driscoll’s – 9/8/2021 for €120.00. Initials smudged – see below.

Jacks - signature

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.



Sandycove” watercolour (7″ x 11″), sold on eBay 25/9/2021 for £16.60.

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.

Robin in Winter” acrylic on board (9.5″ 7.5″), sold at Morgan O’Driscoll’s – 1/2/2021 for €600.00.

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.