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 Post subject: Re: Macdonald Ross
PostPosted: Sat Aug 09, 2008 11:11 pm 
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Thank you for your reply, actually we had three, my two brothers got smaller ones each and I the larger one, which is a view of the south across the lough, I would think from a bit east of Rostrevor. It is 14"x19" and framed 22"x28". He I think sold them to my mum and dad for mum thinks £15 in 1955/56 as he needed some tyres for his car, he said.


Har! He was a good provider for his family, had a car and radio before many in the Mournes, but not infrequently through the barter system. It was not unusual for him to return from a sketching trip into the Mournes with a box of eggs, or chickens.

During WW2 he had a government job visiting remote hill farmers in the Mournes, determining their eligability for a government grant. Of course in the car were his easal and sketch pads. Someone later asked him, "how did you determine who was eligable?"

He replied, "Simple, I approved everyone!"

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Is the scene you have similar to the attached?


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 09, 2008 11:46 pm 
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I knew the granddaughters of MacDonald Ross, they came to stay with him at the Mount Road in the summer of 1967. Ben Byrne,(R.I.P.) David Duffy, Collie Sherry and myself were very friendly with them, and they came to The Osborne with us, actually if I am being totally honest, we met them inside.
They were named Cherry, Deirdre and Laura, and they lcamr from Jordanstown.
I think Deirdre became a doctor, I have a funny feeling I met her in the Royal in Belfast about 30 years ago, but it's all a bit misty. The old memory is not what it on the Mount Road, for a Wine and Cheese party.
In those days I knew as much about Wine and Cheese as a pig knows about Sunday.
Nowadays I have improved, if only marginally.


Just off the phone to cousin Laura a few minutes ago, after many years in Canada she and her family moved a decade ago back to N.I., Deirdre is senior labtech at a hospital in Scotland, if I am correct her husband comes from a Warrenpoint family. "Sherry" *might* be their cousin through their father, growing up on other sides of the Atlantic I only occasionally met cousins of cousins. Or perhaps the "Sherry" you recall was my sister Sheila, we were back and forth a number of times to Ireland in the late 60s, early 70s, including Warrenpoint.

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Thank you Don Niagara for this beautiful example of your grandfather's work. Are you the Donald whom I quoted in an earlier post here? You can see that your grandfather is still remembered in Warrenpoint.


Hiya!

Yes that is my page, no file there specifically on grandfather, as focus of my page is the district his mother came from, Coigach.

Very heartwarming to see him still remembered at Warrenpoint.

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don_niagara - another lovely painting by your grandfather. :|


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Thanks so much for that don_niagara, wonderful, any chance you inherited your grandfathers talent for painting?


Har har, NOPE!

There are a number of artists in the family, but not me. I have small mechanistic ability that has aided me in renovations, draughting plans for building permit applications, and draughting applications to extend lines of credit at the bank.

Dad is a natural artist, besides the aid of having his father as advisor he studied art in Belfast and Dublin (Grandfather studied under the founder of the Glasgow School of Art, Charles Rhennie MacIntosh). He considered a career in art like grandfather, and sold several paintings aboard the ship to Canada in 1952. I'll attach a few scans from one of his sketchpads from the late '40s, early 50s.

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xpaddy wrote:
don_niagara - lovely painting of your grandfather's work.
It looks like we might be neighbours - we live in the Niagara area as well.
Grew up in Warrenpoint but emigrated over 40 years ago.
You mentioned shingling are you a roofer? ;--)


Hiya xpaddy,

Lived many years at Niagara Falls, with the thunder a few blocks away lulling me to sleep, but about fifteen years ago moved to the neighbouring city of Thorold, still part of the Niagara Region, but more central given St. Catharines is the population center.

I am a self employed renovater, company name "Renovate Now!", business mostly repeat and referral customers, so no advertising costs over the last decade, business mostly additions and renovations. Depending on the contract I hire on different workers, and am currently ripping and replacing a roof in Thorold, very steep 12:12 slope with four dormers none of my guys are safety rated for, so I am the person up top reprising the Sylvestor Stalone role from the movie Cliffhanger with ropes and lanyards at the corner of Pine and Richmond.

Here is a photo of me a few decades ago on the roof of the log home I renovated at Kirkfield.

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don_niagara - you live in Thorold - it's a stone throw from us. We live in St. Catharines.
My husband Don has a small construction business, mostly commercial but he has done
renovating (residential) in the past. I don't recognise the name of your business, but
I'm sure my husband will know. You've probably crossed paths at one time.
It's a small world.
Love your grandfather's paintings.
Be careful on those roofs. #:-S


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Xpaddy, is St.Catharines where that road bridge keeps going up up up...................that`s a scary drive.................


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Northbrook - There is the Garden City Skyway in St. Catharines that goes over the
Welland Canal but I don't know if that is the one you are thinking of.
It would probably be 150' at the highest point.
There is another one Burlington Skyway about the same height but the incline is
steeper. We would cross this going to Toronto.
I remember you saying you were in Oakville and I think this might be the one you
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Will take a picture of the Garden City one and post it. :|


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Thanks xpaddy, your lose the horizon very quickly which gives you the feeling your flying, not for the faint hearted.........


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candidate wrote:
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Thank you for your reply, actually we had three, my two brothers got smaller ones each and I the larger one, which is a view of the south across the lough, I would think from a bit east of Rostrevor. It is 14"x19" and framed 22"x28". He I think sold them to my mum and dad for mum thinks £15 in 1955/56 as he needed some tyres for his car, he said.


Har! He was a good provider for his family, had a car and radio before many in the Mournes, but not infrequently through the barter system. It was not unusual for him to return from a sketching trip into the Mournes with a box of eggs, or chickens.

During WW2 he had a government job visiting remote hill farmers in the Mournes, determining their eligability for a government grant. Of course in the car were his easal and sketch pads. Someone later asked him, "how did you determine who was eligable?"

He replied, "Simple, I approved everyone!"

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Is the scene you have similar to the attached?

Donald.

Hi Donald

I'm Candidate's brother and (strangely enough!) his picture is very similar to that. My other brother and I have smaller paintings of streams/bridges - when I get a moment I'll post mine and ask the forum members about the location.

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Here is a bad photo but at the moment it is the only one I have

Link http://www.arcadja.com/auctions/en/ross ... st/351435/

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Hello Everybody - Just signed up after being a long time lurker here and I'm looking forward to posting a bit from now on.

I'm researching Ross MacDonald Ross and his art for my own site "Art For Art's Sake" and I wonder if anybody here can identify this picture of his that I have recently come across. It is described as a West of Ireland landscape but I wonder is it in the Mournes? Thanks in advance for any information.


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Apparently it is entitled Rocky Mountain, The Mournes (see http://www.arcadja.com/auctions/en/ross_macdonald_r_/artist/351435/ )


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Thanks - and God bless your eyesight! I have that "Rocky Mountain, The Mournes" saved in my files and even checked it against the latest pic but the difference in colour threw me. I have the two of them side by side below and it's clearly the same location but painted from a slightly different angle. Apparently the artist regularly painted the same location over and again e.g. Narrow Water Castle. Anyway, thanks again as you have saved me a lot of searching.

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Looks like the path from Leitrim Lodge up to Pierce's Castle, so Rocky Mountain would be the one on the left.


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Connor Sweeney wrote:
Looks like the path from Leitrim Lodge up to Pierce's Castle, so Rocky Mountain would be the one on the left.


Thanks for the information.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 02, 2017 11:42 pm 
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I recall in the late1950,s and early 60's Macdonald Ross used to display his paintings in an outside gallery in HILLSBOROUGH. It was situated approx 75 yards from the Courthouse on the right hand side of the road as you approached from Dromore.


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