Shawlies mingle with Warhols at Morgan O’Driscoll

Shawlies mingle with Warhols at Morgan O’Driscoll

Online-only auction ranges from British and US pop artists to Markey Robinson

A sign of the times is that Ireland’s first art auction of 2019 is online only – at Morgan O’Driscoll’s. With bidding ending tomorrow evening, 251 lots offer something to suit every taste and all pockets.

Belfast-born onetime boxer and merchant seaman Markey Robinson struck gold with his ‘shawlies’: featureless country women enveloped in shawls, often waiting for their men to come home from the sea. They have long been regarded as rural Irish icons.

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