We are grateful to S.B. Kennedy for his help in preparing this and the following entries for Paul Henry.
In 1910, at the age of thirty-four, Paul Henry went to Achill, Connemara for a two week holiday. He was so captivated by the island's landscape and people that he decided to settle there. 'Achill spoke to me, it called me as no other place had ever done ... I wanted to live there ... to see it every day in all its moods; in wind and rain, in storm, in summer and in winter, and by painting it in all these conditions to find out, if I could, the driving force behind its attractiveness'. He was overwhelmed by the wild beauty of Connemara's landscape and above all by the 'colour and variety of the cloud formations, one of the especial glories of the West of Ireland' (see P. Henry, An Irish Portrait, London, 1951, pp. 50-51).