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.