Joseph Malachy KAVANGH: Priest and smoking
novice, oil on canvas, 20" x 30"
BEAUTIFUL OLD 20" x 30" OIL ON CANVAS BY LISTED
ARTIST JOSEPH MALACHY KAVANAGH, BRITISH, 1856 - 1919. Purchased from the
estate of a priest in 1996. It has an address sticker on the back from
another priest from Schenectady, NY. This painting is of a Novice about
to "get busted" for smoking a pipe! Although Kavanagh is known for painting
religious subjects, this one also shows the British humor. The painting
is in good condition considering its age, with the exception of a 4" slit
in the center bottom of the canvas with some paint loss around it. The
overall color is still good. I believe the beautiful old frame is original
to the piece but it is also in need of restoration. Kavanagh is listed
in several art reference guides. (See Davenport's Art Reference & Price
Guide, 1996/97 Edition.) Paintings of this size range from $4000 to $17500.
Includes appraisal by Butterfield & Butterfield.
last modified 2/1/99, copyright 1999 by Marco Ziegler