18th Mar, 2023 9:30 GMT/BST

British, European and Sporting Pictures

  Lot 1076


George Bernard O'Neill (1828-1917)


Signed, oil on canvas, 64.5cm by 100cm

Provenance: WH Patterson, London

Exhibited: Royal Academy, London 1873, no 424

Sold together with a copy of the purchase invoice

Sold for £6,500
Estimated at £3,000 - £5,000


In fully restored condition. Relined cleaned and re-varnished. Sporadic and delicate retouches through the girl's hair of the left-hand side. Further fairly delicate but more consistent retouching especially the lower part of the blue dress worn by girl on the far left. Further fairly sporadic and fine retouching across the composition of the figure group which is somewhat more concentrated within the standing figure at the window and the mother holding the small child aloft. Some general retouching to old cracquelure and within the composition elsewhere. Surface is somewhat flattened as a result of the restoration process and paint is thin in places, light surface dirt and discoloured varnish. Tiny nick to surface approx centre of the rug within lower right-hand corner. Areas of mild stable cracquelure. Otherwise in a stable and presentable state of preservation.


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Auction: British, European and Sporting Pictures, 18th Mar, 2023

Traditional Picture Sales offer a wide range of oil paintings, watercolours, drawings and prints from the 15th to the early 20th centuries.

The sale includes the Picture Collection from Denton Hall, Ilkley, West Yorkshire which has been part of the NG Bailey group of companies for over 40 years. NG Bailey is the UK’s leading independent engineering and services business and is owned by the Bailey family. 

A fully illustrated catalogue will be available leading up to the sale.

Entries are invited for forthcoming sales


Sunday 12th March 11am-4pm, Monday 13th March-Friday 17th March 10am-4pm and morning of the sale from 8am. 

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