Tuesday 25 June 2019

'View of Drogheda' sells for €8,200

An image of Drogheda by renowned artist Gerard Dillon has sold at auction for €8,200.

It dates from 1943 and was sold by Adams of Dublin last week.

'A view of Drogheda' was most likely painted after Dillon's visit to the town with Drogheda painter, Nano Reid in 1943. The two friends may have arranged a sketching holiday after the opening of their group exhibition of watercolours at the Contemporary Picture Galleries in Lower Baggot Street in July, 1943.

A publican's daughter, Reid was sixteen years older than Dillon but he never viewed their age difference as an obstacle for friendship. Both artists felt strongly about Ireland's cultural heritage and admitted in interviews to having influenced each others work.

This work is typical of Dillons subjects in the early 1940s which were largely focused on everyday subjects that were linked to his daily life.

In 1944 Dillon and Reid showed works from their sketching holiday in their exhibitions in Dublin and Northern Ireland.

It's believed Dillon probably didn't intend to document this scene as a valuable record of the town but his desire to record the town and the architectural heritage in the area before Institutions were set up to protect listed buildings was a valuable record for future generations.

It has been suggested that this scene is from the south side of the Boyne looking west possibly from the vantage point of Pitcher Hill, Barack Lane or at Butter Gate. The Church across the river is probably St. Magdalens Church known locally as Dominick's Church.

Drogheda Independent