Tuesday August 4, 2020

Restored portrait of Gogarty’s children leads at Fonsie Mealy’s fine arts sale

Collectors are spoilt for choice this week with lots bursting with big house provenance

26th June, 2016
The children of Oliver St John Gogarty, Dermot, Brenda and Noll, by Gerald Leslie Brockhurst

At Fonsie Mealy’s we have Gerald Leslie Brockhurst’s 1916 portrait of innocence, Dermot, Brenda and Noll, children of Oliver St John Gogarty, surgeon, writer, passionate revolutionary, and an active member of the Free State Senate 1922-1936. Kidnapped by republicans in 1923, Gogarty escaped by swimming the Liffey. The IRA exacted revenge by slashing the painting which hung in the family’s Connemara home, Renvyle, before torching the house. The painting survived. Fully restored by the Gorry...

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