Kenneth Webb (Irish, born 1927) Fair Head, Ballycastle 51 x 61 cm. (20 x 24 in.)
Lot 27AR
Kenneth Webb (Irish, born 1927) Fair Head, Ballycastle 51 x 61 cm. (20 x 24 in.)
£4,000 - 6,000
US$ 6,600 - 9,900
Auction Details
Lot Details
Kenneth Webb (Irish, born 1927)
Fair Head, Ballycastle
signed and dated 'Kenneth Webb '59' (lower left), further signed and inscribed '"Fair Head, Ballycastle"/Co Antrim/By Kenneth Webb' (on a label attached to the stretcher)
oil on canvas
51 x 61 cm. (20 x 24 in.)

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    With William Mol & Son, Belfast

    Fair Head is a rocky headland at the north-eastern corner of Northern Ireland, in County Antrim. It is three miles east of Ballycastle town and is the closest part of the mainland to Rathlin Island. It has become well loved by climbers as it is thought to be the largest expanse of climbable rock in either Ireland or Britain.

    According to legend Fair Head got its name from the story of a beautiful fair-headed girl who once lived in a castle on Rathlin Island. She had many suitors, and two fought for her love. One was mortally wounded, as he lay dying he instructed his servant to dance with the girl on the cliffs below the castle. The faithful servant did as he was told and danced with the girl nearer and nearer the edge of the cliffs until they both fell off. The spot where the girl's body was washed up was then on known as 'Fairhead'. It is however more likely that the name, which in Irish 'Beinn Bhán' means 'white headland', is a reference to the chalk cliffs which can be spotted from places east of the headland.
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