Robert Colquhoun

The Dubliners

About this artwork

In 1946 Robert Colquhoun travelled to County Cork in Ireland with his long-term partner, Robert MacBryde. The pair spent several weeks staying with the painter Patrick Hennessy, whom they had first met on their post-diploma studies at Hospitalfield House, near Arbroath. Colquhoun was impressed by the working women he saw there and produced several paintings of ‘shawlies’ – the poor women who wore shawls over their heads. However, the two figures portrayed here bear a striking resemblance to Colquhoun and MacBryde. ‘The Dubliners’ was included in Colquhoun’s solo show at the Lefevre Gallery in October 1947, priced at £70 – double the price charged for similarly-sized works just three years earlier, and an indication of his rising status in the art world.

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  • title:
    The Dubliners
  • accession number:
    GMA 842
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  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • date created:
    1946
  • measurements:
    76.20 x 61.00 cm (framed: 94.50 x 79.00 x 8.00 cm)
  • credit line:
    Purchased (Knapping Fund) 1963
  • copyright:
    © The Estate of Robert Colquhoun. All Rights Reserved 2017/ Bridgeman Images
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve

Robert Colquhoun

Robert Colquhoun