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Wakeman, Gerald Hastings (born c.1864) poss.1864-1938.

Born in Dublin.

Exhibited with the Watercolour Society of Ireland in the first couple of decades of the 20th century.

Hastings Wakeman Canal Scene

A watercolour canal scene – unknown location – offered on eBay 7/2016 for €655.00. The painting bears a label from P. Ceppi & Sons, 8,9 & 11 Wellington Quay, Dublin. The picture frame/ looking glass factory and statuary manufacturers are mentioned in James Joyce’s Ulysses.

Coastal scene also framed by P.Ceppi & Sons.

Wakeman, Gerald

View from St.Audoen’s” 1890, watercolour (10″ x 14″), sold at Morgan O’Driscoll’s – 9/8/2021 for €440.00.

Wakeman, William Frederick (1822 – 1900)

William Frederick Wakeman was born in Dublin, the son of a bookseller and publisher with an address in D’Olier Street. Taught drawing by George Petrie, he became a draughtsman in the Topographical Department of the Ordnance Survey. Many of his drawings of views and antiquities from this period are held by the Royal Irish Academy.
After the department was abolished by the Ordnance Survey he taught drawing in St. Columba’s College in County Meath, where he wrote and illustrated “Handbook of Irish Antiquities” in 1848 and later at Portora Royal School in Enniskillen. He contributed many articles to archaeological journals and gradually abandoned art for archaeology with the exception of illustrating archaeological works and the great Sligo collections for Colonel Cooper of Markree Castle….

Walby, Gerald A (c.1921 – 1994)

Walby 2

In the Mournes” oil on canvas (14″ x 18″). Sold at Ross’s – 8/10/2014 for £320.00.

Walby, Gerald

The White Arch” oil on board (14″ x 18″). Sold at Ross’s – 10/4/2013 for £120.00.


Left to right:Still Life Irises” oil on board (10″ x 8″), sold at Ross’s – 13/9/2017 for £140.00; and “Stacking the Turf” oil on board (14″ x 18″), sold at Ross’s – 6/12/2017 for £460.00.

Waldron, Carol Ann (1948)

Born in Dublin.


Out for the Day” oil on canvas board (16″ x 12″). Sold at Morgan O’Driscoll’s – 2/8/2016 for €550.00.


Walker, Ben

Ballinskelligs Bay” oil on canvas (18″ x 24″), sold at Ross’s – 27/1/2021 for £20.00.

Walker, Betty

Walker, David Bond RUA (1891 – 1977)

Born in Belfast.


Wetlands” oil on canvas (20″ x 16″), sold at Ross’s 26/2/15 – for £80.00.

Lock Keeper’s Cottage, River Lagan” oil on canvas (16″ x 20″), unsold at Ross’s – 12/6/2019.

Walker, F J

Walker, F J

In the Mournes” watercolour drawing (10″ x 14″), sold at Ross’s – 18/8/2021 for £40.

Walker, F J

Errigal, Donegal” watercolour drawing (9″ x 13″), sold at Ross’s – 20/4/2022 for £20.

Walker, Francis Sylvester RHA (1848 – 1916)


Cathedral Rocks, Achill” oil on panel (12″ x 16″) sold at Adams – 19/2/2012 for €170.00.

A Woman’s Task” oil on canvas (14″ x 12″), sold at Adams – 5/12/2018 for €3,000.

Walker, Joan

Boats at Warrenpoint” oil on board (20″ x 24″), sold at Ross’s – 8/11/2017 for £60.00.

Walker, John Crampton ARHA (1890 – 1942)

Dublin born, John Crampton Walker studied at the Dublin Metropolitan School of Art and exhibited at the Royal Hibernian Academy from 1914. He was the author of ‘Irish Life and Landscape’, (Talbot Press, Dublin, 1926) and his work is represented in many of the major public collections in Ireland.

140 Lower Baggot Street” dated 1923, oil on canvas (16″ x 22.5″) sold at Adam’s – 3/12/2008 for €6,700. According to the auction catalogue this painting is considered to be his finest work.

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Left to right: “Looking towards Glenbeigh, Co.Kerry” oil painting from the artist’s Irish Life and Landscape book; and “A Relic of the Past – Feltrim” oil on canvas (13.5″ x 19″), sold at Whyte’s – 26/6/2000 for €1,079.

Walker, John Crampton

A Mountain Road in Kerry” oil on board (10″ x 14″), unsold at Ross’s – 19/5/2021.

Walker, Tom Bond (1861 – 1933)

English born portrait artist – father of David Bond Walker.

Wall, Sinead 

West of Ireland, Coastal Seascape” oil on canvas (12″ x 16″), sold at O’Reilly’s, Dublin – 26/9/2018 for €320.00.

Wall, William Guy (1792 – 1864) 

William Wall was born in Dublin but settled in New York when he was twenty. Already an accomplished artist, he was linked with the Hudson River School. Despite great success and many exhibitions in America, he returned to Ireland in 1860 and died in the city of his birth in 1864.

Wall, William Guy

Blarney Castle, Near Cork, Ireland” 1860, oil on canvas (22″ x 30″). Sold at Whyte’s – 13/3/2001 for €5,840.00.


A mountainous lake landscape scene with figures, oil on canvas, sold at Lawrence Auctioneers, Crewkerne, Somerset – 6/5/2022 for £500.00.

Wallace, Roy

Roy Wallace

In the Flower Bed” ( 10″ x 12″) oil on canvas, sold at Ross’s – 22/6/2016 for £90.00.

Roy Wallace

Dunluce Castle” (16″ x 20″) oil on canvas board, sold at Morgan O’Driscoll’s 26/5/2008.

Fishing by the Old Mill Stream” oil on board (16″ x 16″), unsold at Ross’s – 11/10/2017.


Horse and Trap near the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge” oil on board (12″ x 16″), sold at Ross’s – 12/10/2022 for £180.00.

Wallis, Karen

Ballintoy Harbour” acrylic on canvas (20″ x 28″), unsold at Ross’s – 7/10/2020.

Walls, Paul ARUA (1965)


Walls Paul

Harbour Killybegs Reprise I” oil on canvas, sold at Morgan O’Driscoll – 28/4/2014 for €650.00.

Late Evening, Donegal Town” oil on board (12″ x 15″), sold at Gormley’s – 3/12/2019 for £300.00.

Walsh, Catherine

Walsh, Deirdre (1957)

Artist living and working in Co.Mayo.

More here: Deirdre Walsh

Walsh, Edward (1756 – 1832) 

Edward Walsh, a merchant’s son, was born in Waterford. He studied medicine at Glasgow and Edinburgh before entering the military, where he had his hand shattered by an explosion while serving under Nelson during the British attack on Copenhagen in 1801. He was afterwards sent with the 49th regiment to Canada, where he spent some years studying Native American life (circa 1803-1806). He collected a vast amount of information for a statistical history of Canada, but never published the work.  The William L. Clements Library, Michigan, holds seventeen watercolours from his time in Upper Canada.

Following his time in North America, he returned to Europe, serving in the Peninsular War as well as at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. Eventually returning to Ireland, he died in Dublin in 1832.

Walsh, George Stephen (1911 – 1988)

Clamping Turf, Phoenix Park” dated 1944, oil on canvas (17″ x 19.5″), sold at Whyte’s – 25/4/2006 for €1,100.

Walsh, George (1939)


George studied at the National College of Art Dublin and Belfast. He served a seven year apprenticeship in Stained Glass with his father G. Stephen Walsh (above) in studios in Belfast and the United States. He works mainly in Stained Glass but also paints, working in oils, watercolour and collage.

Normans I, 1971″, collage of acrylic, pen and ink (19.5″ x 18.5″), sold at Whyte’s – 26/5/2007 for €200.00.

Walsh, John (1954)

John Walsh is from Kilkenny and has been a full-time professional artist since 1977. He works in many mediums from Oil to Watercolour, and Pen and Ink.

Walsh, Joseph


St.Aidan’s Cathedral, Enniscorthy“.

Walsh, Karen

More here:  Karen-Walsh-Artist

Walsh, Lia  

West Cork artist.

Ruin of a Stone Cottage” oil on canvas (19.5″ x 29.5″), sold at Woodward’s, Cork – 26/5/2018 for €70.00.

Walsh, Martin

Martin Walsh is an amateur artist based in Rostrevor, Co.Down. He specialises in acrylics and very much enjoys sketching and painting local scenes.

Walsh, Orla


Famed for the Ketchup collection that was found on the railings of St. Stephens green 13 years ago and ended up on the walls of the boardroom of the Heinz World Head quarters in the US, and most recently her new work hangs in the headquarters in The Shard in London. Her iconic painted images of HP sauce, Ketchup, Heinz Beanz, Lea and Perrins have been used for merchandise in stores all over the UK and Europe such as John Lewis Sainsburys, Tescos, Argos, ASDA to name a few. She introduced the very Irish Tayto Crisps to her portfolio of beautifully executed classic images along with pints of the black stuff, Irish phone boxes, post boxes and Jacob’s biscuits. The results have put Orla’s work on the ‘must have‘ list for many discerning collectors. Widely acclaimed for her quirky style and creative execution, her original work is owned by a wide range of celebrities from rock, pop and movie stars to international sports stars around the globe.

Walsh, Owen (1933 – 2002)

Ringsend Basin” oil on board (21″ x 32″), sold at Adam’s – 28/9/2011 for €950.00.

Parson’s Bookshop, Baggot Street Lock, Dublin” pastel (19.5″ x 22.5″), sold at Whyte’s – 6/7/2020 for €1,200.

Walsh, Pat

Artist from Castlepollard, County Westmeath.

Glanworth Co.Cork” 2006, oil on board (15″ x 22.5″), sold at Morgan O’Driscoll’s – 18/11/2019 for €300.00.

Darling Castle, Mallow” 2006, oil on board (15″ x 23″), sold at Morgan O’Driscoll’s – 26/11/2019 for €280.00.

Walsh, Pauline


Walsh, Pauline

Apart” oil on canvas (14″ x 18″), sold at Morgan O’Driscoll’s – 31/5/2021 for €260.00.

Walsh, Raymund

Walsh, Simone


Dublin born artist now living and working in County Wexford.

Walsh, Tom (1956)

Tom Walsh was born in Midleton, County Cork. He left school at 16 (having won many children’s art awards) to work in a factory. He had his first solo exhibition in Cork in 1976 and has been exhibiting ever since. Tom works primarily in watercolour. His distinctive style is self-taught and his unique images are the result of his wanderings in local towns and cities, observing the place and people and making on the spot sketches of scenes that catch his eye.

Maurice Lynch’s place, Clonmain” gouache on paper (18.5″ x 26″), sold at Adam’s – 13/12/2016 for €440.00.

Walsh, Wendy F (1915 – 2014)


Botanical artist and illustrator.

Rhododendron II” dated 1987, watercolour (17″ x 14″), sold at Whyte’s – 17/7/2017 for €900.00.

1979 Wildlife stamps for An Post.

Walsh, Wendy

Spring Flowers” 1974. watercolour drawing (13″ x 9.5″), sold at Morgan O’Driscoll’s – 8/8/2022 for €3,200.

Walshe, Noreen


Walshe, Patrick (1952)


Walton, Conor (1970)

Born in Dublin.


Walton, Conor

Cloud over Dublin” 2008, oil on linen (15″ x 30″), sold at Morgan O’Driscoll’s – 1/11/2022 for €1,500.

Wann, Michael (1969)


Dublin born Michael Wann now lives and works in Co. Sligo having gained his BA in Fine Art from Sligo Institute of Technology.

Ward, Caroline



Billy Can & Eggs” oil on canvas board (18″ x 14″), sold at Morgan O’Driscoll’s – 24/10/2016 for €700.00.

Ward, James Charles (1851 – 1924)

Ward, Mary (1827 – 1869)

Mary Ward (née King) was born in Ferbane, Co.Offaly and was an accomplished artist, scientist, writer and astronomer. In 1854 she married Henry Ward, later to become the 5th Viscount Bangor, and spent time at their Castle Ward estate which she painted….more to follow.

Ward, Pearse (1944)


Morning on the Lake” (1996) watercolour, sold at Whyte’s Christmas Art Sale 9/12/2012 – €200.00.

Warren, Ann (fl.)

Warren, Ann

Over the hills and far way” oil on canvas (14″ x 18″).

Warren, Ann

Transient Beauty I + II ” a pair of oil on board paintings (each 12″ x 14″), unsold at Whyte’s – 25/7/2022.

Warren, Barbara RHA (1925 – 2017) 

Born in Dublin, she studied at the National College of Art & Design, Regent Street Polytechnic in London, and André L’Hote in Paris. She later lectured at NCAD from 1973 to 1984.


The Sky Road, Clifden” mixed media on card (7″ x 11″), sold at Morgan O’Driscoll’s – 23/1/2017 for €300.00.

Shore Light and Mode” oil on canvas (19″ x 15″), unsold at Adam’s – 27/3/2019.

Drilling Potatoes” oil on canvas (24″ x 30″), unsold at Whyte’s – 2/12/2019.

Warren, Rosemary

County Louth artist.

Seashore Garden” watercolour (12″ x 16″), sold at Whyte’s – 26/5/2007 for €400.00.

Waters, George (1863 – 1947)

Waters, George

Sailing on the Antrim Coast” watercolour drawing (9″ x 17″), unsold at Ross’s – 21/7/2021.

Watkins, Bartholomew Colles RHA (1833 – 1891) 


Killarney Lakes” oil on panel (6″ x 10″), sold at Whyte’s Online Sale – 24/10/2016 for €1,000.00.

Cloon Lake, Glencar, Co.Kerry” oil on canvas (13″ x 20″), unsold at Sotheby’s (London) – 21/11/2018.

Watson, Colin ARUA (1966) 

Boys Playing on a Cliff Top” oil on canvas – www.royalulsteracademy.org

Watson, James (1925 – 2002)


Daffodils at Lady Dixon Park, Belfast” watercolour (14″ x 20″), sold at Whyte’s – 6/12/2008 for €100.00.

Watson, Samuel (1818 – 1867)

A Young boy on a donkey in a landscape setting, dated 1849, oil on canvas (20″ x 30″), sold at Sheppard’s – 25/9/2018 for €700.00.

Watson, Samuel Rowan (1853 – 1923)

Samuel Rowan Watson was born and worked in Dublin, and was a regular exhibitor at the Royal Hibernian Academy of Arts between the years 1910 and 1923, where he showed just under 20 paintings, mainly local landscapes and scenes of everyday life in Dublin.

Samuel Rowan Watson

Wuy Yeh! (Paper Boys), Dublin” oil on canvas (38″ x 27″) signed and dated 1918.

The Dublin street scene depicted in the work above work is actually a view from the doorway of Watson’s studio, which was located at 34 Sackville Street (now O’Connell Street), and shows Miss J. Morris’s millinery shop and the Rotunda Hospital in the background. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury.

Evening near Templeogue” 1918, oil on canvas (15″ x 21″), sold at John Moran Auctioneers, California – 26/1/2021 for $450/€370.

Watson, T D

Watson, T D

View of Belfast ” (1930) oil on canvas (13” x 19”), unsold at Morgan O’Driscoll’s – 12/3/2018.

Watt, R D 

Assumed to be an Irish artist.

Left to right:St.Thomas’ Church, Rathlin Island” 1981 and “The South Pier, Church Bay, Rathlin Island” 1988.

Watters, Una (1918 – 1965)

Born in Dublin in 1918, Una Watters attended the National College of Art where her skills as a painter were encouraged by Maurice MacGonigal. Between 1956 and 1965 she had several works exhibited by the RHA, was a member of the Society of Dublin Painters and won an Arts Council Award in 1965.

Meditation” oil on canvas (27″ x 23″, sold at Adams – 4/12/2007 for €11,500.

Waugh, Mattie 


The River Lagan” watercolour drawing (10″ x 13″), sold at Ross’s – 9/11/2016 for £50.00.

Webb, Josephine (1853 – 1924)

Josephine Webb was part of a lively circle of artists and writers that surrounded Yeats. She grew up in Dublin as part of a large Quaker family and attended Alexandra College and the Queen’s Institute. In 1878 she continued her Art studies in Paris at the and Holland. She exhibited her work at the RHA and the Watercolour Society of Ireland in the early 1890/1900s. Her paintings can be found in the collections of the National Gallery of Ireland and the Hugh Lane Gallery.

Red and White Carnations in a White Vase” watercolour and pastel over pencil (10.5″ x 8″), sold at Whyte’s – 27/5/2006 for €1,100.

Webb, Kenneth (1927) 



Lake Landscape” oil on canvas (15″ x 36″).


Bulloch Harbour and Castle” oil on canvas (16″ x 30″), sold at Whyte’s 13/6/2001 for €6,094 including buyer’s premium.


Irish Cottages, Connemara” dated 1961, oil on canvas (15″ x 23″), sold at Morgan O’Driscoll’s – 24/10/2016 for €1,100.00.

Ballycopeland Mill, Millisle, Co.Down” oil on canvas (14″ x 36″), sold at Morgan O’Driscoll’s – 25/9/2018 for €1,800.

The Birth Place of Bernard Shaw” oil on canvas (16″ x 24″), sold at Morgan O’Driscoll’s – 30/9/2019 for €3,600.

Webb, Maria Dorothy (1850 – 1900)

An Irish artist from the Victorian era.

Goose Girl

Goose Girl” oil on canvas (29″ x 21.5″) sold at James Adams sale 5/12/2006 – €16,000.

Who killed Cock Robin” dated 1883, oil on canvas (37.5″ x 25″), sold at Cuttlestones Auctioneers, Staffordshire – 5/3/2020 for £2,400.

Webb, Michael

Going for a message” gouache on board (7″ x 9″), unsold at Ross’s – 6/11/2019.

Webb, Susan Mary (1962)


Susan Mary Webb

Cross Country” oil on canvas, dated 1995 (29.5″ x 39.25″).


Bringing Home the Turf, Connemara” dated 1979, oil on canvas (12″ x 28″), sold at Morgan O’Driscoll’s – 3/10/2016 for €420.00.

Glenmacnass” watercolour (15″ x 22″), sold at Gormley’s – 22/9/2020 for £60.00.

Webster, Lelia (1923 – 2014)

Leila Webster was an honorary member of the Ulster Society of Woman Artists, but was more well-known as a Belfast actress and comedienne.

Cockle Row, Groomsport” oil on board (16″ x 20″).

Weir, William Docherty (1863 – 1903)  

William Docherty Weir worked in Belfast for the well-known firm, David Allen and Sons of London as their chief graphic designer and was a founder member of The Belfast Ramblers’ Sketching Club in 1879, the parent body of the Royal Ulster Academy.

Gathering Seaweed, Carlingford Lough” (28″ x 36″) oil on canvas, sold at Ross’s – 8/8/2013 for £280.00.

Simmering the Pot” watercolour drawing (13″ x 19″), unsold at Ross’s – 10/4/2019.

The Forgotten Irish Artist William Docherty Weir 1863-1903

Published (2003) by The Cleft Gallery, Donaghadee, Co.Down.

Hardback, 30 pages (27 full colour illustrations) + bio.

Weld, Issac (1774 – 1856)

Topographer, Writer and Artist.

Born in Fleet Street, Dublin.

Issac Weld

Killarney” (c.1807) watercolour – part of the Paul Mellon Collection at the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, Connecticut, USA.

Welsh, Des (1955)


Belfast born artist.

Wenlock, Debra


A Northern Ireland based artist who specialises in vintage transport subjects.


The Narrow Gauge at Ballymena“.

Debra specialises in painting historic themes and events, mainly motorsport, vintage and classic car portraits, steam trains and railways – anything transport related, preferably vintage or just old!

West, Annie (1961)


West, Richard Whately (1848 – 1905)

West, Robert (d.1770)

Thomas Smith and his Family” 1735.

West, Robert Lucius (1774 – 1850)


Left to right:A Dispute over Cards” oil on panel (21″ x 16″), sold at Whyte’s – 9/10/2001 for €11,427 including buyer’s premium; and Portrait of a Gentleman, oil on panel (8.5″ x 7.5″), sold at Whyte’s – 27/11/2017 for €850.00.

Westropp, Thomas J (1860 – 1922)

Born into a wealthy Anglo-Irish family in County Limerick, Thomas Johnson Westropp is best known for his pioneering work as an antiquarian/archaeologist but he was also an amateur watercolourist of considerable ability.


Great Skellig, St.Michael’s Church & Huts” c.1897 from a sketchbook held by the Royal Irish Academy.

Westropp 2

View from Turlough Hill Fort, County Clare” dated May 1904. Ref: The Book of the Burren (1991).

Wheeler-Cuffe, Charlotte (Lady) (1867 – 1967)

An amateur botanical artist, plant collector and gardener.

Gavarnie” watercolour drawing (14″ x 10″), sold at Ross’s – 4/11/2020 for £ 100.00.

Whelan, Leo RHA (1892 – 1956)


Waiting” oil on canvas (54″ x 38″), sold at de Vere’s – 22/11/2016 for €60,000.

Whelan, Sean

Dalkey Island” watercolour and ink (7.5″ x 11″), offered on eBay – 0ct.2019.

White, R

White, R

The Lagan, Belfast” watercolour drawing (7″ x 11″), sold at Ross’s – 21/7/2021 for £30.

White, Stuart

Northern Irish landscape artist.

The Blue Lough” watercolour drawing (7″ x 10″), unsold at Ross’s – 6/12/2017.

Whiteside, Elaine

Elaine Whiteside is a self-taught artist based in Northern Ireland and specialises in wildlife art and pet portraits.

Whitla, Diane

Slemish from Buckna” watercolour drawing (11″ x 14″), purchased from Ross’s – 21/11/2019.

Whitla, D

The Main Street” oil on board (12″ x 16″), sold at Ross’s – 26/1/2022 for £260.00.

Whitla, Diane

Riverside scene, oil on panel (13.5″ x 17.5″), sold at Herman’s, Dublin – 23/6/2022 for €15.

Whitla, Norman (1936 – 2018)

Heritage House Arts

Norman Whitla was born in Bangor Co. Down.  He trained as a tool maker and machine tool designer and worked in both Belfast and Toronto, Canada. From early days Norman was interested in sketching “things mechanical” and soon developed an appreciation for ‘art in industry’.  Later in life he took to painting, specialising in subjects such as industry of the past e.g, steam railways, agricultural machinery, vintage and classic road vehicles, sail and steam shipping, tramways, aircraft etc.

Lot.230. “Kells Railway Station” by Norman Whitla sold for £180

Kells Railway Station” on the Ballymena & Larne Narrow Gauge, sold at auction a couple of years ago for just £180.00!

Whitla, Norman

Broom Coal Boat at Carlingford ” oil on board (8″ x 16″), sold at Ross’s – 7/12/2022 for £120.00.

Whyte, John

Belfast, 1906” oil on canvas (15″ x 21″), sold at Ross’s – 7/11/2018 for £60.00.

Bangor Station” oil on canvas (16″ x 20″), sold at Ross’s – 7/8/2019 for £20.00.

Left to right:Belfast, High Street, 1890” and “Belfast, York Street, 1906” both oil on canvas and (16″ x 20″) unsold at Mitchell’s, Cumbria – 19/3/2020.

Wilgaus, Ian (1984)


A self-taught artist from Belfast known for his colour palette and emotionally charged portraits in graphite and paint.

Wilkin, George

R&J Murphy Shop Front” oil on board (12″ x 16″), unsold at Ross’s – 25/3/2020.

Mart Maters” oil on board (10″ x 12″), unsold at Ross’s – 6/5/2020.

Wilkins, B

Thatched Cottages in an Irish Landscape” oil and canvas (16″ x 20″), sold at Hegarty’s, Bandon – 27/1/2019 for €150.00.

Wilkinson, Emily Selina (c.1864)

English born artist who lived in Glenageary, County Dublin in the first decade of the 20th century. An art teacher she is recorded as having exhibited 22 times at the RHA between 1893 and 1914.

Wilkinson, Jack (1916 – 2015) 

Northern Ireland artist.


Slemish” watercolour drawing (10″ x 14″), unsold at Ross’s 7/12/2016.

Above: more of the artist’s work can be found in “Ballymoney: An Illustrated History and Companion” – Cottage Publications (1995). Plenty of copies available online for very little.

Wilks, Maurice Canning RUA, ARHA (1910 – 1984)  

Maurice Canning Wilks was an Irish landscape painter. Born in Belfast in 1910 to a linen designer, he was educated in Belfast at the Malone Public School and attended evening classes at the Belfast College of Art.

Wilks was only nineteen when he won the Dunville scholarship. He later exhibited at the Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin and also at the Oireachtas. In his early years as an artist he resided in Cushendun, in the Glens of Antrim. He sketched and painted all over Ireland, but he especially liked the atmosphere of Donegal and the West of Ireland.

He exhibited in London, Montreal, Boston and Toronto and his paintings have been shown at the Royal Academy, London. He had several one man exhibitions at the Victor Waddington Galleries, Dublin, and in more recent years at the Walker Gallery, Coleraine; The Malone Gallery, Belfast; The Bell Gallery, Belfast and at the Oriel Gallery, Dublin. In his later years he had a summer studio at Sutton, Co. Dublin which enabled him to paint many scenes of Dublin and Dublin Bay.  He is represented in many public and private collections including the Ulster Museum, Armagh County Museum and the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum.

The auction record for a work by Maurice Canning Wilks was set in 2002, when his painting, entitled ‘Connemara Man’, was sold at Whyte’s, in Dublin, for €33,000.


Reflections, Glenveagh, Co.Donegal” oil on canvas (11″ x 20″) unsold at James Adams 1/6/2016.

wilks  M C Wilks

Left to right:Mountain Scene” watercolour (9″ x 11.5″) and “Feeding the Hens” watercolour (7″ x 11″) sold at Morgan O’Driscoll’s 2/12/2013 – €400.00.


Left to right:Red Rose” watercolour drawing (10″ x 8″), sold at Ross’s – 1/3/2017 for £280.00; and “The Burren” pen and ink drawing (8″ x 11″), unsold at Ross’s – 29/3/2017.


Left to right:The Harvester” oil on canvas (22″ x 18″), sold at Adams – 5/12/2018 for €3,000; and “Rockwood, Upperlands, Co.Derry” oil on canvas – with slight damage – (13.5″ x 17.5″), sold at Lawrences (Somerset) – 12/10/2018 for £160.00.

Left to right:Cottages” watercolour (9.5″ x 12″), and “Lough Arran” watercolour (9.5″ x 12″), sold at de Vere’s – 8/10/2019 for €400.00 and €300.00 respectively.

The Egg Woman” oil on canvas (22″ x 18″), unsold at Gormley’s – 3/12/2019.

By the Quayside” watercolour drawing (9″ x 9″), sold at Ross’s – 9/9/2020 for £220.00.

Wilks, MC

Portrait of a Gentleman” oil on canvas (13″ x 8″), sold at Ross’s – 16/6/2021 for £650.00.

Williams, Alexander RHA (1846 – 1930)


The Bailey Lighthouse, Howth, 1889” oil on canvas (24″ x 42″), sold at Whyte’s – 26/9/2016 for €2,400.00.

cove-2-williamsRowing the Cove” watercolour (11″ x 20″) sold at Bamfords Auction, Derbyshire 17/1/2017 for £160.00. Dalkey Island in the background.

Achill West Coast” watercolour (10″ x 18″), sold at Morgan O’Driscoll’s – 6/11/2017 for €240.00.

Brickeen Bridge, Killarney, Co.Kerry” oil on canvas board (9.5″ x 18″), unsold at James Adams – 30/5/2018.

At Glendarary, Achill Sound, Mayo” oil on board (9.5″ x 17.5″), sold at Morgan O’Driscoll’s – 23/9/2019 for €1,100.

Privilege & Poverty

A biography by Gordon T. Ledbetter

Alexander Williams was the first artist to open the West of Ireland, particularly Achill Island, to a wide audience. His extensive collection of memoirs and papers, preserved and never made public, form unique records from Victorian Ireland. His life was extraordinarily wide ranging. Primarily a landscape painter, his studies of old Dublin buildings and streetscapes are of particular interest. But he was also an apprentice hatter, a taxidermist and a professional singer, and with the help of Achill Islanders, he built a house and created a garden on Achill, now open to the public. This absorbing biography gives unique glimpses of life in Dublin as seen by a painter favoured by the Lord Lieutenant and the ‘castle set’. The contrast between the artist’s life and that of the islanders on impoverished Achill is stark. Williams exhibited at the RHA annually for 61 years, a unique record, and his exhibitions and recitals were social events attended by well-known names such as Bram Stoker, W. B. Yeats, Percy French and William Orpen. Illustrated with a wide selection of his work, this biography illuminates the diversity of his life and times with material found nowhere else.

Published by the Collins Press in 2010 and still easily found online.

Williams, Douglas H

Believed to be an amateur artist from the Howth area of County Dublin.

East Pier, Howth” pen and ink drawing with watercolour (4″ x 8″).

West Pier, Howth” pen and ink drawing with watercolour (4″ x 8″).

Williams, Harry (1807 – 1886)

Williams, Harry

Near Londonderry“, oil on canvas (12″ x 20”), unsold at Adams – 26/4/2022.

Williams, Lily ARHA (1874 – 1940) 


Hibernia” pastel (25″ x 16″), sold at Adam’s – 25/9/2013 for €12,000.

Famine Harbour” oil on board (13″ x 19.5″), sold at Morgan O’Driscoll’s – 10/12/2018 for €260.00.

Williams, Sinead

Limerick artist.

Williams, Stacey Jane


Williams, Terence Attridge (1912 – 1998)

Owenabue River, Currabinny and Crosshaven, Co.Cork” oil on board (14″ x 29″), sold at Morgan O’Driscoll’s – 13/3/2017 for €380.00.

South of Roundstone” oil on canvas board (7″ x 9″), sold at Morgan O’Driscoll’s – 13/3/2017 for €260.00.

The Fairy Stones, Connemara” oil on board (11″ x 16″), sold at Morgan O’Driscoll’s – 25/9/2017 for €160.00.

Williams, Zenda (1974)

Knocknama Wood, Lough Hyne” acrylic on canvas (35,5″ x 31.5″), sold at Morgan O’Driscoll’s – 25/6/2018 for €400.00.

Williamson, Barry (1943)

Still life and landscape painter from Belfast.

Williamson, George W R (1932 – 2017)

George Williamson was born in Moy, County Tyrone. He began working life as an apprentice fitter in the York Road Locomotive Works of the Ulster Transport Authority, in Belfast, before emigrating to Canada in 1954. His interest in steam led to his involvement in railway preservation where he became a leading figure for many years. This in turn led to him taking up painting in 1980, using oils and later acrylics, where his subjects were mainly locomotives and railways.

Island Logger” acrylic (16″ x 20″).

Williamson, Philip J (1926 – 2011)


Philip Williamson was born in Moy, County Tyrone, and studied art at Methodist College Belfast before serving in the Merchant Navy during World War.II. He exhibited regularly at the RUA with mainly marine subjects.

Cutty Sark” watercolour drawing (16″ x 22″), sold at Ross’s – 9/10/2019 for £25.

Docklands” watercolour drawing (14″ x 12″), sold at Ross’s – 11/9/2019 for £50.

Williamson, W G

Murlough Bay, Sunset” Co.Antrim, dated 1988, pastel (11.5″ x 8″).

The Aasleagh Falls, Galway” watercolour drawing (14″ x 10″), sold at Ross’s – 7/9/2016 for just £10.00.

Willis, David (1932)

David Willis is a self-taught artist from Mallow, Co.Cork and is best known for his work on the TG4 television series “Irish Paint Magic”.

Croagh Patrick” acrylic on canvas (18″ x 24″), sold at Morgan O’Driscoll’s – 25/11/2019 for €100.00.

Willis, Richard Henry Albert (1853 – 1905)

An Macalla (The Echo)” watercolour (17″ x 11″), unsold at Whyte’s – 24/11/2008.

Wills, William Gorman (1828 – 1891)

Kilkenny born dramatist and painter.

Portrait of a young child – a member of the Pakenham (Longford) family – signed and dated 1870, pastel, sold by The Cotswold Auction Company – 17/2/2012 for £190.00.

Wilmer O’Brien, Kitty RHA (1910 – 1982)

Born in India.


Across the Bog, Louisburgh (Co.Mayo)” oil on board (14″ x 27″), sold at Whyte’s – 13/6/2001 for €2,158 including buyer’s premium.

Kitty Wilmer O'Brien RHA  

Left to right:Croagh Patrick, from Napper, Co.Mayo” oil on board. Sold de Veres 22/5/2012 – €1,300.00; and “Little Harbour, North Clare” – Kinvara according to old label – dated 1972, oil on board (17″ x 25″), sold at Morgan O’Driscoll’s – 22/1/2018 for €1,700.

Wilson, David RI RBA (1873 – 1935)

Born in County Tyrone, David Wilson was a political cartoonist, caricaturist, illustrator and watercolour artist.

Sweet Peas in a Vase, watercolour.

Wilson, James Glen (1827 – 1863) 

James Glen Wilson was a landscape painter, naval photographer and surveyor from County Down.

Belfast Quay” 1851, oil on canvas (16″ x 24″ )  ©  Ulster Museum.

James Glen Wilson by Eileen Black. Published by the Ulster Museum, Belfast (1980). Paperback, 52pp.

Wilson, Karen (1960)


Dublin born artist living and working in Skerries.

The Meadow” oil on canvas (23.5” x 23.5”).

Wilson, Keith RUA (1971)


Wilson, M

Wilson, M

Red Bay Village, Co.Antrim” oil on canvas board.

Wilson, Marjorie

NI artist.


Left to right:Daisies in a Basket” oil on board (10″ x 8″); and “Wild Summer Flowers” oil on board (10″ x 8″) – both sold at Ross’s – 31/5/2017 for £140.00 respectively.

Wilson, Martina

Picture gallery here: www.flickr.com/photos/tinawilson

Wilson, Michelle


Specialises in wildlife art and pet portraiture. Commissions welcome.

More here: Michelle-Wilson-Art

Wilson, Paul (1963)


Man, Dog & Reflections” oil on board (12″ x 16″), unsold at Ross’s – 9/8/2017.

Wilson, Thomas G HRHA (1901 – 1969)

A medical doctor by profession and one time President of the Royal College of Surgeons, Thomas Wilson was also an accomplished yachtsman, author and illustrator. He studied at the Dublin Metropolitan School of Art and in the studio of his friend, James Sinton Sleator. He was a member of the Dublin Painting & Sketching Club. Between 1930 and 1969 he showed nearly 50 works at the RHA and was made an Honorary Member. Ref: Whyte’s.

Lakefield, Caragh Lake, County Kerry” 1967, oil on canvas (17.5″ x 27″), sold at Whyte’s – 21/9/2004 for €1,700.

Wilson, Vicky

Shandon, Cork” watercolour (9″ x 12″), unsold at Sheppard’s – 28/6/2017.

Winder, Dana


A self-taught painter, Dana is originally from Dublin, where she studied History of Art at Trinity College. She now lives in South Kerry where the local landscape often inspires her work.

Artichokes” pastel (27″ x 19″), unsold at Adam’s – 7/4/2009.

Wood, Albert Victor Ormsby (1904 – 1977)

Dublin born artist.

The Morning Wash” watercolour and gouache (28″ x 11″), sold at Cheffins, Cambridge – 17/9/2020 for £400.00.

Woodfull, John (-2017)

Dublin pastel artist known for his pub pictures.

The Crossword with Guinness by Bailey’s Boudoir“.

Woods, Irene 

Irene Woods is an established artist based in County Louth. She specialises in landscape painting, much of her subject matter is inspired by the beautiful scenery in Carlingford and the Cooley Peninsula where she works from her studio, and the surrounding areas North and South of the Border. As well as landscapes she paints well-observed compositions of animals, mainly sheep and horses.

Twafeaj” oil on canvas (22″ x 24″).

Woods, Padraic RUA (1893 – 1991)

Padraig Woods woods-padraic

Left to right:She moved through the Fair” oil on canvas, sold at Whyte’s – 25/7/2016 for €800.00; and “Donegal” oil on canvas (20″ x 24″), sold at Ross’s – 5/10/2016 for £400.00.


Left to right:Mount Errigal” oil on panel (15″ x 16.5″), sold on eBay – 13/8/2017 for £269.00; and “Cottage by the Sea, West of Ireland” oil on canvas (20″ x 24″), sold at Ross’s – 25/4/2018 for £650.00.

Woods, Robert John (1871 – 1955)


Belfast Lough from the Pickie side” oil on board, dated 1952 (10″ x 14″), sold at Ross’s – 7/12/2016 for £30.00.

Near Belfast” oil on board (15″ x 11″), sold at Ross’s – 10/10/2018 for £60.

Woulfe, Angela


Limerick artist.

River at Plassey, Co.Limerick” oil on canvas (27.5″ x 35.5″), sold at Dolan’s – 9/12/2012 for €300.00.

Wright, John

The Causeway Train in Portrush” watercolour drawing (12″ x 18″), sold at Ross’s – 25/3/2020 for £60.00.

Wright, June


Animator, Artist and Illustrator from Dublin.

Wright, Maggie

Wright, Niall

Wrynn, Evelyn

Evelyn Wrynn was born in the West of Ireland and has lived in Galway for most of her adult life. She has a life-long interest in abroad spectrum of arts and crafts.

Her current interests are focused on landscape and still life oil painting, while also experimenting with a variety of glass painting techniques.

Wyke, Anne

Watercolourist and miniaturist.

Married to Stephen Catterson Smith PRHA (1806-1872).

Portrait of a lady in a Garden” dated 1861 (10″ x 8″) – sold at Mallams, Oxford – 8/7/2015 for £20.00.

Wyke, Robert Titus (c.1790 – 1870)

Was born in London, the son of a Dutch diamond-setter who found employment in Dublin, and settled there. He painted miniatures, and did drawings in watercolour; but though very industrious and fond of his art he did not achieve success as an artist, and was chiefly employed as a drawing-master in and around Wexford. Ref: A Dictionary of Irish Artists (1913).

Wylie, Stephen

Wylie, Stephen

Evening in County Leitrim” watercolour drawing (10″ x 14″), sold at Ross’s – 19/5/2021 for £60.00.

Wynne, Alice Clara Veronica (1890 – 1969)

Wynne, Alice Clara Veronica

A Young Girl reflected in a Mirror” unsigned but with family provenance, oil on canvas, sold at Morgan O’Driscoll’s – 28/9/2022 for €440.00.

Wynne, Gladys (1876 – 1968)

Gladys Wynne was an Irish watercolour artist, who spent most of her life in Glendalough, County Wicklow, living in Lake Cottage. Landscape was her chosen field and she painted the area throughout her career.

Gladys Wynne

A Country Garden in Ireland” watercolour (9″ x 12.5″) sold on eBay – 14/5/015 for £48.00.

Haystacks in a Valley, County Wicklow” watercolour (10″ x 14.5″) sold at Whyte’s – 10/12/2005 for €1,400.