Rare paintings by William Ashford and Yeats are the stars of the June sale

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A rare pair of views of Dublin from 1774/5 by William Ashford, first president of the Royal Hibernian Academy, will be one of the highlights of the James Adam sale of important Irish art in Dublin on June 1.

The paintings, Two Views of Dublin Bay Looking North and South, were commissioned by Thomas Dawson, 1st Baron de Dartrey. They were sold at Christie’s in London the following year with company founder James Christie wielding the gavel. They are estimated at between €500,000 and €700,000.

‘Two Views of Dublin Bay, Looking North and South’ by William Ashford at Adam’s.

Works by many of our best known artists over a 250 year period are in this sale with over 2 million euros in estimates.

The Bridge, Skibbereen by Jack B Yeats was exhibited at the Dublin Society of Painters in 1920 and is now estimated at €400,000-600,000.

One of the most recently painted works in the sale is a monumental 2008 oil painting by Hughie O’Donoghue, The Yellow Man II (€40,000-60,000).

Among the artists represented by significant works in the sale are George Barret, Sir John Lavery, Gerard Dillon, Tony O’Malley, Edward Maguire, Barry Flanagan, Dan O’Neill and William Scott.

Among 118 lots is an original copy of the Irish Proclamation, with an estimate of €150,000-200,000.

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