An exciting discovery of a sketch book of Walter Osborne (1859 – 1903) drawings will highlight the forthcoming Hegarty’s Fine Art & Antiques Auction on 16th October next at the Auction Rooms, Bandon, Co. Cork. The sketch book came to light at a routine valuation and has not been publicly seen since presented by the Artist’s son-in-law, Professor Stockley in 1935. It was presented to his fellow artist William Keyes McDonnell.
The Osborne sketch book is part of a very interesting consignment from the Keyes McDonnell collection which features an important selection of letters of historical interest from Terence MacSwiney (dated 1916), Lord Asquith & Lady Beaverbrook relating to the Easter rising & subsequent events, the letters give a unique insight to the important role some Irish women played behind the scenes. Various Irish republican memorabilia, medals, along with the book “Guerilla Days in Ireland” with personal inscription written by Tom Barry will also come under the hanmmer.
There will be an executor’s contents from Cork city along with a new-to-the-market one-owner large collection of Irish art to include a bronze by sculptor John Behan, Mike Fitzharris, Elizabeth Brophy, John Kingerlee, James English, a Chagall lithograph, Irish American sculptor Jerome O’Connor etc.
Also included in the sale will be a varied selection of quality 18th & 19th century antique furniture, English and Irish silver, 18th & 19th century collectables, giltwood mirrors, porcelain, & objects d’art.