Irish Art by John Loughney of The Quiet Pint

Irish Art by John Loughney of The Quiet Pint.

LOVELY piece of original Irish Art…….I LOVE THIS ONE, it my favorite work of art in the Gallery¬† !!

Oil on canvas by Irish artist, John Loughney.

“The Quiet Pint”…….depicts a typical Irish Country Pub scene of a farmer¬†having a quiet pint of Guinness in the afternoon in¬†his local Pub !!

You cannot get more Irish than that !!

Irish Art by John Loughney of The Quiet Pint.

Lovely simple painting that captures ‘the ESSENCE’ of Irish Country Life !

Signed on bottom left……”John Loughney”.

From circa 1950.

It depicts a farmer having a ‚ÄėQuiet Pint‚Äô of Guinness in a Country Pub Bar area. The farmer is in his work clothes and you can make out the silhouette of a barmaid serving in the Lounge through the glass door. Up until the 1960‚Äôs ‚Ķ men would drink in the bar area of a pub and ladies would sit in the Lounge area‚Ķ.sexist by today‚Äôs standards but part of the history of Irish Pub‚Äôs nonetheless!

Irish Art by John Loughney of The Quiet Pint.

IRISH PUBS: Irish pubs have existed for roughly a millennium, with the title “oldest pub in Ireland” held by Sean’s Bar in Athlone, County Westmeath which was established in the 10th century. The Brazen Head in Dublin City was established in 1198 and holds the title “oldest pub in Dublin”. It was not until 1635 that the government required pubs to be licensed.[1] Grace Neill’s in Donaghadee, County Down, Northern Ireland, which became licensed in 1611, holds the title of “oldest licensed pub in Ireland”.[1] Irish pubs or public houses were the working man’s alternative to the private drinking establishments frequented by those who could pay for entry.[2] In 1735 the Drink on Credit to Servants Act was enacted stating that any publican who sold a drink on credit to servants, laborers or other low-wage earners had no right to seek help from the law in recovering that debt. It is the oldest law related to pubs in Ireland that is still in effect. During the 18th century it also became illegal to be married in a pub.[1] Irish pubs underwent a major transformation during the 19th century when a growing temperance movement in Ireland forced publicans to diversify their businesses to compensate for declining spirit sales. Thus, the ‘Spirit grocery’ was established.

Pub owners combined the running of the pub with a grocery, hardware or other ancillary business on the same premises (in some cases, publicans also acted as undertakers, and this unusual combination is still common today in the Republic of Ireland).[3][4] Spirit groceries continued to operate through World War One when British law limited the number of hours that pubs could operate.[5] Some spirit groceries continued after the war, only closing in the 1960s when supermarkets and grocery chain stores arrived. With the arrival of increased competition in the retail sector, many pubs lost the retail end of their business and concentrated solely on the licensed trade. Many pubs in Ireland still resemble grocer’s shops of the mid nineteenth century, with the bar counter and rear shelving taking up the majority of the space in the main bar area, apparently leaving little room for customers. This seemingly counter-productive arrangement is a design artefact dating from earlier operation as a spirit grocery, and also accounts for the differing external appearance of British and Irish pubs. Spirit grocers in Northern Ireland were forced to choose between either the retail or the licensed trades upon the partition of Ireland in 1922, so this pub type can no longer be found in the North.[2] Unlike their British counterparts, Irish pubs are usually named after the current or previous owner or the street they are located on. Elaborate exterior decoration is rare, but was typified by The Irish House on Wood Quay in Dublin, which was surrounded in 1870 by colored friezes of nationalist heroes, and with iconic traditional themes such as round towers.[6] Parts of Ulysses were filmed in this pub in 1967. Irish pubs traditionally did not sell food as dining out was not a major part of Irish culture. That changed in the 1970s and food is now a significant part of the Irish pub experience.[2] Over the years, individual Irish pubs have been associated with famous Irish writers and poets such as Patrick Kavanagh, Brendan Behan and James Joyce. In 2004, the Irish government passed a law outlawing smoking in pubs resulting in many pubs having outdoor smoking areas.
For centuries, the Irish public house has been an integral part of Irish social culture. In Ireland the local pub is a pillar of the community the same way the local church would be.[8] It functions as both a place to consume alcohol at leisure as well as a place in which to meet and greet the people of a locality. In many cases, Irish people will have one (or more) pubs which are referred to as ‘the local’ which is the pub which they frequent most often.[2] There is generally a very close and mutual understanding and informality between the customer and the staff and, in many cases, particularly in country pubs, virtually all of the regular customers will know each other very well.[2][7] That warm and friendly atmosphere extends to outsiders as well and it is not uncommon for strangers or tourists to be drawn into conversations with locals. In addition to the casual social atmosphere, hearty food and drink, sports, and traditional Irish music are hallmarks of pub culture. Food is usually simple and traditional featuring classic Irish dishes like Irish stew, boxty, and Irish soda bread.[7] Drinks include a variety of spirits and beers on tap but one can certainly expect Guinness and Irish whiskey such as Bushmills or Jameson. Irish pubs with televisions frequently show Gaelic games such as Gaelic football or hurling.[9] While not all Irish pubs will feature live Irish music, it is an important part of the culture.

The etiquette in Irish pubs varies from place to place. Generally speaking, however, it is never necessary to tip staff. The only exception to this rule might be in a pub which has waiters for serving food, or for staff at a hotel bar, or on special occasions or events when the bar staff show particular skill, hard-work or good-humour. But again, this is rare. In addition, unless there are waiters, patrons must order their drinks at the bar, pay the bartender and bring drinks to their seats.[8] It is traditional that, when with a group, patrons take turns buying rounds of drinks for the group as a whole. It is considered bad manners to leave before buying your round of drinks.[8] The traditional Irish toast is “Slainte” (SLAWN-chuh) which is the Gaelic equivalent of “cheers”.


Irish Art by John Loughney of The Quiet Pint.

Provenance: Bought at Auction in Ireland

Dimensions: 17.5 x 14.5 in frame

Condition: Very good.

Price Now: $1,400.

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