A dramatic equestrian oil by Basil Blackshaw, thought to depict show jumper Paul Darragh in full flight, comes for sale in Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex next month.
A dramatic equestrian oil by Basil Blackshaw, thought to depict show jumper Paul Darragh in full flight, comes for sale in Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex next month. The 50 x 60cm signed oil on board signed by one of Ireland’s most celebrated horse painters is expected to bring £7000-10,000 at Sworders on April 30.
As the son of a trainer who rode from an early age, Blacksaw (1932-2016) had an intimate knowledge of horses, and he returned to the subject time and again throughout his career.
In this picture he captures the moment of clearing a fence, the chestnut horse taking to the air, rider braced forward over its neck. The subject is thought to be the show jumper Paul Darragh (1953-2005). Darragh was on the winning team in the Aga Khan three years in a row from 1977 to 1979 riding the mare Heather Honey.
Confidently worked with the paint thinly and deftly applied and the raw board showing through in places, it was quite probably a commission completed in the 1970s. Eamonn Mallie, Basil Blackshaw's biographer, has assisted in the cataloguing of the lot.
The popularity of Blackshaw’s work at auction has increased in recent years (pictures have made over £100,000) marking him among Ireland’s most celebrated artists of the last century.
Ninety lots from the home of one of East Anglia’s best-known families are to be offered for sale in our Fine Interiors auction on 14-15 June.
Sworders to sell the collection of Islington dealer Gordon Gridley this summer.
18 May 2022
From Tuesday 24 May to Sunday 12 June, visitors to the National Horseracing Museum in Newmarket, Suffolk, will be offered a rare opportunity to view a collection of over 40 paintings, watercolours and drawings spanning the 60 year career of one of the world’s most loved equestrian artists.
18 May 2022