Orpen, Yeats and Henry feature in titans of Irish art sale

Whyte’s is hosting one of three auctions of important Irish work to be held in Dublin in December

Sergeant Murphy and Things by William Orpen is expected to realise €250,000-€350,000

Over three days in December, the finest Irish art will go under the hammer in three Dublin sales.

On December 7 at Whyte’s, the story behind a headline lot by William Orpen should give succour to every aspiring artist. Sergeant Murphy and Things is a portrait of the horse with his jockey (who rode him to victory in the 1923 Grand National), his owner, and his trainer.

Purchased that year by Lord Dewar of Dewar ...