Irish Artist Directory

Erskine Nicol RSA ARA (Irish Artist Directory)

Full Name: Erskine Nicol RSA ARA

Lived: 1825 - 1904

Categories: Oil Painting, Genre Scenes

Artist Biography

Erskine Nicol first visited Ireland from his native Scotland in 1846, the beginning of a longstanding relationship with the country. Travelling through Ireland and especially Connemara, Nicol witnessed the outbreak of the great potato famine which devastated the over-populated West of Ireland causing the death of more than a million people within ten years, with another million forced to emigrate. The artist stayed in Ireland until 1851 when he returned to Scotland,.

Between 1850 and 1869 Nicol exhibited over ninety Irish subjects at the Royal Scottish Academy and over twenty at the Academy in London. After his fourth visit the artist returned for some months every year until ill health prevented him from traveling. He is better remembered as a genre painter, but as a recorder of an Irish way of life he becomes historically important because there were few artists working in Ireland at that time, a country devastated initially by famine and later by mass evictions forcing mass emigration.


Currently On Sale at Adam's

Lot 40

Erskine Nicol RSA ARA (1825-1904) Past Work Oil on canvas, 1...

Estimate Price €12,000.00 - €18,000.00

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Lot 39

Erskine Nicol RSA ARA (1825-1904) The Children's Fairing (18...

Estimate Price €15,000.00 - €20,000.00

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Erskine Nicol Art Previously On Sale at Adam’s Auctioneers

Erskine Nicol RSA ARA (1825-1904) A Shebeen at Donnybrook Oil on canvas, 61 x 87 cm (24 x 34½'')...

Hammer Price €100,000.00

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Erskine Nicol RSA ARA (1825-1904) Out for the Day, The Fly Fishers Oil on canvas, 88.5 x 59.5cm ...

Hammer Price €50,000.00

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Erskine Nicol ARA RSA (1825-1904) Insolvent (1862) Oil on canvas, 51 x 66cm (20.1x26'') Signed Ex...

Hammer Price €36,000.00

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Erskine Nicol RSA ARA (1825 - 1904) 'It Won't Slip this Time' Oil on canvas, 100 x 70cm Signed an...

Hammer Price €32,000.00

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Erskine Nicol (1825-1904) On the Lookout Oil on canvas, 69.5 x 53 cm. (27 3/8 x 20 7/8'') Signe...

Hammer Price €30,000.00

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