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Paul Henry
A Peasant Woman Resting
Graphite on paper

21.4 x 16.2 cm

National Gallery of Ireland

Excerpt from National Gallery of Ireland, Paul Henry:

Researching Paul Henry (1876-1958) at the National Gallery of Ireland

Despite Paul Henry being one of the most popular Irish artists, there are few books which address his career. One of the major monographs is authored by S. B. Kennedy (2003) with a full catalogue raisonné of the many works he produced of the west of Ireland, and which accompanied an exhibition held at the National Gallery of Ireland in 2003. A key rare book in the collection is Henry’s 1951 autobiography An Irish Portrait. Articles which analyse the artist’s idealised depiction of the west of Ireland include those by Síghle Bhreathnach-Lynch (Irish Arts Review, 1997) and S. B. Kennedy (Irish Arts Review, 2003).

The Centre for the Study of Irish Art holds the Paul Henry Archive Collection which includes correspondence and documents relating to the artists career, as well as beautiful original drawings by Henry for illustrations that were included in John Keats’ Isabella: or, the pot of basil, (1906). A copy of the book is also in the collection.

Suggested Bibliography

Bhreathnach-Lynch, Síghle. (1997). The Peasant at Work: Jack B Yeats, Paul Henry and Life in the West of Ireland. Irish Arts Review Yearbook, Vol. 13, pp. 143-151

Dawson Gallery, Dublin. (1953). Frances Kelly, William Leech, Evie Hone, [exhib. held] Dawson Gallery until 10 August 1953. Dublin: Dawson Gallery
CSIA 709.415074                               

Henry, Mabel. (1973). Further reminiscences: Paul Henry. Belfast: Blackstaff Press in association with the Arts Council of Northern Ireland
CSIA  709.415HEN                               

Henry, Paul. (1951). An Irish portrait: the autobiography of Paul Henry R.H.A. with a forward by Sean OFaolain. London: B. T. Batsford 
CSIA 709.415HEN                               

Keats, John. (1906). Isabella: or, the pot of basil / with illustrations by Paul Henry.
Special Collections 709.415HEN                             

Kennedy, S.B. (2003). An Enduring Presence: Paul Henry and the Irish Landscape. Irish Arts Review, Vol. 20, No. 1, Spring, pp. 58-61

Kennedy, S. B. (1997). Great Irish artists : from Lavery to Le Brocquy. Dublin: Gill & Macmillan 
CSIA 709.415/4K

Kennedy, S. B. (1991). Lives of Irish artists: Paul Henry 1876-1958. Dublin: Town House for the National Gallery of Ireland

Kennedy, S.B. (2003). Paul Henry with an essay by Síghle Bhreathnach-Lynch. Dublin: National Gallery of Ireland


Paul Henry, Irish, 1876-1958
b. April 11, 1876
d: 1958

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