Keating lots fail to sell at prestigious Irish art show

Fintan Walsh

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Fintan Walsh

Keating lots fail to sell at prestigious Irish art show

A Study of Dustman Reilly for the Key Men, by Limerick painter Sean Keating, failed to sell at a Whyte’s art auction, last week

A SEAN Keating painting worth €20,000 and a charcoal illustration of former Irish president Eamon de Valera worth €3,500, failed to sell at a recent Whyte’s art auction.

Works produced by the iconic artist went under the hammer, at Ballsbridge on February 29.

Two drawings consisted of a sketch of Éamon de Valera, valued up to €2,000; and a sketch of Erwin Schrodinger, which sold for €2,100.

Keating, who was honoured Freeman of Limerick City in 1948, was a member of the Royal Hibernian Academy and was an active, influential artist since 1915. In 1950, he was made president of the RHA.

The painting — A Study of Dustman Reilly for the Key Men — had an estimated value of up to €30,000.

The Limerick artist was awarded first prize for one of paintings at the 1939 World Fair, in New York.