Two paintings by the distinguished Irish artist, Paul Henry R.H.A. (1876-1958) believed to have been presented to Clemens J. France, a member of the US Committee of Enquiry on Conditions in Ireland, by the people of Ireland in gratitude for his work on the Constitution of the Irish Free State, circa 1922, will be sold by Bonhams
on November 14 in London.
The subjects of the two paintings are beautiful landscapes probably showing scenes near Achill Sound and Dugort Bay, Achill Island.
A scene near Achill sound signed 'PAUL HENRY.' (lower left) an oil on canvas, 40 x 60.8cm. (15 5/6 x 23 5/6in.) is estimated to sell for £40,000-60,000. Probably a scene near Achill Sound and can be dated 1916-19 on stylistic grounds.
Dugort bay, Achill island signed 'PAUL HENRY' (lower left) oil on canvas 38 x 45.7cm. (15 x 18in) estimated to sell for £30,000-50,000. It is probably a view of Slievemore, Dugort Bay, Achill and can be dated 1918-22 on stylistic grounds.
A third canvas by Paul Henry in the sale comes from a different private collection. Titled Old-Age Pensioners and painted in 1911, it shows two elderly women muffled up against the cold. A rare and important figurative work, it is estimated to sell for £100,000-£150,000.
A fourth Paul Henry is The Long Road, which was exhibited in Belfast in 1918, and is expected to fetch £30,000-50,000.
Penny Day, Head of Irish Art at Bonhams, comments: Bonhams were proud to achieve the highest price at auction for Paul Henry in 2011 (£175,250 for Running for Shelter). Following on from that, it is a privilege to be offering these four superb examples to the market. The exciting discovery in America of the two trademark landscapes coupled with the endearing Old-Age Pensioners and The Long Road, means this group presents a wonderful opportunity to acquire a significant work by one of Irelands finest artists.
Paul Henry was an Irish artist noted for depicting the west of Ireland landscape with a spare post-impressionist style.
In the 1920s and 1930s Paul Henry was Ireland's best known artist, one who had a considerable influence on the popular image of the west of Ireland. He created a large body of fine images whose familiarity is a testament to its influence.
A painting by Paul Henry was featured on the BBC show, The Antiques Roadshow in November 2006. The painting was given a value of approximately £40,000 - £60,000 by the Roadshow. However it sold for an astonishing 260,000 in a joint Bonhams and James Adams sale of Irish art.