Wednesday 21 November 2018

Masterpiece sets the bidders buzzing

KIERAN LITTLE AN important piece of artwork depicting the oldest known image of Cork Harbour is to be sold next month.

The 1738 landscape painting is set to be auctioned for a reported six-figure sum. Critics claim it to be "a most important painting of great historical importance".

Painted by the Dutch artist William Van Der Hagen, renowned as the founder of the great Irish school of landscape painting, this painting is revered as an important link in the history of Irish landscape painting.

Van Der Hagen, Ireland's first resident professional landscape painter involves a personal intimacy with the Munster coastline in his work. The recently rediscovered piece depicts the scene surrounding the world's oldest yacht club, established in 1720, known today as the Royal Cork Yacht Club. The painting shows the stunning scenery of the area with a centerpiece of Hawlbowline Island with its castle.

"Corke Harbour 1738" is set to be auctioned by Joseph Woodward & Sons auctioneers. An excited Joe Woodward declined to speculate on how much the painting was capable of reaching, but predicted a six-figure sum. The auction is in Cork on Wednesday, February 11, 3pm.

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