‘Thinking out Gobnet, Portrait of Harry Clarke’ by Séan Keating, estimated at €50,000-70,000 at Whyte’s of Dublin.

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Thinking out Gobnet, Portrait of Harry Clarke, a 2ft 6in (76cm) square oil on canvas from 1917, is guided at €50,000-70,000.

Keating gifted the work to his friend, the stained-glass artist Clarke, who loaned it back to him in 1918 for submission to the RHA, where Keating was elected later that year.

The painting shows Clarke sitting on a grave slab within the ruins of Teampall Chaomháin (St Kevin’s church) on Inis Oírr – a reference to the artists’ time together on the island of Aran in 1915.*