Colin Middleton R.H.A. (Irish, 1910-1983) The Ice Cream Cart 50.6 x 60 cm. (20 x 23 5/8 in.)
Lot 84AR
Colin Middleton R.H.A. (Irish, 1910-1983) The Ice Cream Cart 50.6 x 60 cm. (20 x 23 5/8 in.)
Sold for £17,000 (US$ 26,787) inc. premium

Lot Details
Colin Middleton R.H.A. (Irish, 1910-1983)
The Ice Cream Cart
signed 'Colin M' (lower right)
oil on canvas
50.6 x 60 cm. (20 x 23 5/8 in.)
Painted circa 1941

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    With the McClelland Gallery
    Sale; The McClelland Collection; James Adam's in association with Bonhams, Dublin, 7 December 2005, lot 29, where purchased by the present owner

    EXHIBITED:
    Belfast, Stranmillis Museum & Art Gallery, 115 Works by Colin Middleton, August 1943
    Dublin, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Colin Middleton: Paintings and Drawings from the McClelland Collection, January-June 2001

    LITERATURE:
    Dickon Hall, Colin Middleton: A Study, Bangor, Joga Press, 2001, p.11 (ill.)

    Painted at the height of the war and around the time of the Belfast blitz, The Ice Cream Cart is a surprisingly gentle and almost comic painting, noticeably different in mood from Colin Middleton's more poignant and wistful wartime paintings of Belfast. The intense and non-naturalistic colour immediately create a mood detached from the realities of wartime Belfast, while the broken brushstrokes across the surface deliberately create a slightly naive handling and description of form. Like many of these other Belfast paintings, however, the repeated rectangles and squares across the painting indicate a strong compositional structure. Middleton also demonstrates the sophistication behind any apparent naivety by placing the awkward shape of the cart at the front of the picture space and slightly tilting the space towards us, but still managing to lead the eye behind it and around the canvas.

    While the fish and chip shop and the off licence are reminders of the adult world, this is almost a dream world in a time of rationing, with only two approaching children and a cat in sight and even the adult owner of the cart absent. The Ice Cream Cart was also included in the 'Miscellaneous' section of Middleton's 1943 exhibition that marked the re-opening of Belfast Museum and Art Gallery, a remarkable tribute given to a young painter who was only becoming well-known locally at that time.

    We are grateful to Dickon Hall for compiling this catalogue entry.
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Bonhams' November sale achieved a number of high profile records, including the highest price in London that week within a sale of Modern British Art - Allies by Lawrence Holofcener fetched an impressive £409,250. The department are especially proud to have secured a new world auction record for Walter Richard Sickert. Painted circa 1904, Woman in Profile with Downcast Eyes was discovered in Australia and following intense bidding realized £229,250. Irish Art fared well too, with Paul Henry's charming Old-Age Pensioners going for £109,250 while Colin finding Irish buyers.

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