8 May 2009
Paul Henry, R.H.A. (1876-1958)
Sunshine in Kerry
signed 'PAUL HENRY' (lower left)
oil on canvas
16¼ x 19¼ in. (41 x 49 cm.)
Painted circa 1939-40.
Acquired by Helen Lord Smith in Dublin, 1955, and by descent.
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S.B. Kennedy, Paul Henry with a catalogue of the Paintings, Drawings, Illustrations, New Haven and London, 2007, p. 298, no. 1001.
probably, Dublin, Combridge's Gallery, New Pictures by Paul Henry, April 1940, no. 23.
This may be the Sunshine in Kerry composition which Henry included in his Dublin exhibition, reviewing which the Irish Press (9 April 1940) thought it 'glows with light and beauty', a description that well suits the image. Stylistically, too, the picture must date from around 1939-40, a time when Henry paid a number of visits to County Kerry and when his palette and touch, as here, were both light and fluid.
We are very grateful to Dr Brian Kennedy for preparing this catalogue entry.
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