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Lot 20

John Luke RUA, Irish 1906-1975 - Carnival, 1930; oil on panel, signed lower right 'John Luke', 57.5...

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Lot 20

John Luke RUA, 
Irish 1906-1975 - 
Carnival, 1930; 
oil on panel, signed lower right 'John Luke', 57.5...

Price Realised: £13,000

Estimate: £15,000 - £20,000

Price realised is hammer price plus fees (30% Buyers Premium inclusive of VAT).

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Lot 20


John Luke RUA, 
Irish 1906-1975 - 

Carnival, 1930; 

oil on panel, signed lower right 'John Luke', 57.5 x 83 cm (ARR) 

Luke painted two versions of Carnival. He was known to make two versions of some paintings (see Shaw's Bridge (1936 and 1939) and The Road to the West (1939 and 1944)). A version of this work was included in major exhibitions of Luke, including the Ulster Museum 1978 & 2012. It was sold recently in 2022 at Sotheby's, London for £25,200 (including buyer's premium).

A work under the title of Carnival was exhibited at the Leger Galleries, London in October 1930, and while it has been thought it was the aforementioned work, it is possible it is the present lot, as it is in keeping with his work at the Slade School of Art around 1930. He won the Dunville Scholarship in 1927 to study at the Slade under Henry Tonks. Of the work exhibited in 1930, the art critic P.G. Konody (Daily Mail 3rd October 1930) described it as "one of the most attractive features of the exhibition". The subject is unusual for Luke so it may have been produced for a specific Slade competition. The glow of the carnival lights in the background demonstrates his technical skills as a young artist. 

With thanks to Dr. Joseph McBrinn of Belfast School of Art, Ulster University and curator of 'Northern Rhythm: The Art of John Luke' at the Ulster Museum, 2012-2013, for his assistance in the cataloguing of this work.

Buyer's Premium

The buyer shall pay the hammer price together with a premium thereon of 26% up to £20,000 (31.2% inclusive of VAT), 25% from £20,001 - £500,000 (30% inclusive of VAT), 20% from £500,001 thereafter (24% inclusive of VAT). The premium price is subject to VAT at the standard rate.

VAT is not charged on the hammer price unless it is stated that there is 'VAT applicable on the hammer price at the end of the description. Buyer's premium is subject to VAT.

Qualifying living artists and the descendants of artists deceased within the last 70 years are entitled to receive a re-sale royalty each time their work is bought through an auction house or art market professional.

It applies to lots with hammer value over €1,000 as follows:
0 to €50,000 - 4%, €50,000.01 to €200,000 - 3%
€200,000.01 to €350,000 - 1%,
€350,000.01 to €500,000 - 0.5%
Exceeding €500,000 - 0.25%
ARR is capped at €12,500

Please note ARR is calculated in euros. Auctioneers will apply current exchange rates.

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