2011-04-19-2019-02-22 --- 2019-02-22 22:36:56--00
Hover to zoom in

LOT :508
Estimate EUR : €600.00 - €800.00
Auction Date : 19-04-2011


''A Romance and a Tragedy'' John Devoy's Love Story Devoy (John) A most interesting collection of Photographs and documents, telling the poignant story of the Fenian leader's lost love, including: - a very good original Photograph of Ms. Eliza Kenny as a young girl, when she was engaged to marry John Devoy. - a photo of the same lady in late middle age, now Mrs. Elizabeth Kilmurray (2 copies), and another of Mrs. Kilmurray with her niece Mary Curley. - a copy of The Gaelic American, 19 March 1927, worn, including an obituary account of Mrs. Kilmurray and of the circumstances which prevented her marriage to Devoy. After his arrest and imprisonment, the young lady said she would wait for hi, and did so although he had released her from her promise. However, he was mistakenly told she had married, and subsequently that she had died, due to confusion with her sister, and so did not send for her. In due course she married someone else. Devoy remained unmarried, and was amazed to find her still alive when he returned to Ireland in 1924; - a contemporary photograph of 'The Cuba Five,' the released Fenian prisoners including Devoy and Rossa deported to the United States on the steamship Cuba, in 1871, inscribed at rear by Devoy circa 1924, 'To Mrs. E. Killmurray, nee Eliza Kenny, in loving memory of our engagement when she was a fine girl of 20 (1866) and with deep regret at the misfortunes which separated us. From John Devoy, New York, July 21;' - a 1924 snapshot of John Devoy in Dublin with his Irish niece & nephew; - two reproduced photos of Devoy during his Irish visit, one with President Cosgrave; - a mounted photograph of Devoy's coffin with tricolour, and guard of honour. * John Devoy, 1842 - 1928, from Johnstown, Co. Kildare, was a Fenian organiser in 1865-6. Sentenced to 15 years in jail, he was released in 1871 on condition he did not re-enter the United Kingdom and went to the United States where he became leader of Clan na-Gael, the IRB's American counterpart. He supported successive Irish leaders including Davitt, Parnell and Tom Clarke, and was still actively involved in Irish Revolutionary affairs in 1916. He supported the Treaty as a necessary step to full Irish Independence, and re-turned to Ireland briefly in 1924. On his death the London ''Times'' said he was the most persistent and dangerous enemy of England which Ireland had produced since Wolfe Tone; a verdict which no doubt would have pleased him greatly. As a collection. rare. (1)

Hammer Price : €1,000.00
  • en
  • fr
  • es
  • it
  • de
  • ru
  • zh-CN
  • el
  • nl


1. Estimates and Reserves

Estimates are shown below each lot in this sale. All amounts shown are in Euro. The figures shown are provided merely as a guide to prospective purchasers. They are approximate prices which are expected, are not definitive and are subject to revision. Reserves, if any, will not be any higher than the lower estimate.

2. Artists Resale Rights (Droit de Suite) is NOT payable by purchasers

3. Paddle Bidding (In Person)

All intending purchasers must register for a paddle number before the auction. Please allow time for registration. We recommend reading "Buying at Adam's" for first time buyers from our web site for more information. Please be aware that photographic identification by way of passport or driving licence will be required for new registrants, together with a secure valid credit card. This is for security purposes only. Potential purchasers are recommended to register on viewing days.

3. Buyer's Premium, Payment & Delivery

Buyers Premium:

The buyer shall pay the Auctioneer a commission at the rate of 20% on the Hammer Price plus VAT @ 23% (applied only to the commission) on all individual lots.

For example on a hammer price of €1,000, the Buyer's Premium amounts to €200 and the VAT on the Buyer's Premium amounts to €46.00, giving a total amount due of €1,246


All purchases must be paid for within two calendar days of the sale. Our payment terms are cash, banker's draft or cheque drawn on an Irish bank. Cheques will take a minimum of five working days to clear the bank, unless they have been vouched to our satisfaction prior to the sale, or you have a previous cheque payment history with Adam's. We also accept the following Credit Cards: Visa & Mastercard, subject to a credit card surcharge of 1.5% of the total invoice value, & American Express, subject to a surcharge of 3.65%. Debit cards, including Laser card payments, are not subject to a surcharge, however there are daily limits on Laser Card payments. Bank Transfer details are available on request. Please ensure that all bank charges are paid in addition to the invoice total, in order to avoid delays in release of the items. Goods will only be released upon clearance through the bank of all monies due.

Delivery takes place the day after the sale from 10.00am to 5.00pm. Uncollected lots may be subject to storage and handling charges unless specific arrangements have been made with the department. It is important to make contact with us in this regard to avoid any unnecessary charges. Adam's outsource all carriage & shipping requests to recommended third parties whom we deal with on a regular basis. This list is available upon request.

4. VAT Regulations

All lots are sold within the Auctioneer's VAT Margin Scheme unless advised to the contrary. Revenue Regulations require that the Buyer's Premium must be invoiced at a rate which is inclusive of VAT. This is not recoverable by any VAT registered buyer.

The VAT on buyer's premium may be zero rated for lots exported outside of the EU. This facility is available to non-residents and has strict guidelines in relation to availing of this scheme. Please contact a member of the accounts department to enquire further.

5. Absentee and Telephone Bids

We are happy to execute absentee or written bids for bidders who are unable to attend or can arrange for bidding to be conducted by telephone. Bid forms are available from our web site or you can leave absentee bids online by registering on Cancellation of bids must be confirmed 24 hours before the auction.

Bidding by telephone may be booked on lots with a minimum estimate of €500. Early booking is advisable as availability of lines cannot be guaranteed.

6. Condition Reports

The property is sold "as is" therefore imperfections/defects are not stated in the catalogue description. It is up to the intending purchaser to satisfy themselves as to the condition of a lot(s) before bidding. Condition reports may be requested in advance of sale subject to our terms of business. The report is an expression of opinion only and must not be treated as a statement of fact.

7. Conditions of Sale

All lots are being sold under the Conditions of Sale as printed in the sale catalogue and on display in the salerooms or via our web site