A view of Croagh Patrick from Achill Island signed 'PAUL HENRY' (lower left) oil on board 19 x 24.5 cm. (7 1/2 x 9 5/8 in.)
Nicknamed 'the Reek', Croagh Patrick is renowned for its Patrician Pilgrimage in honour of Saint Patrick, with the last Sunday of each July becoming known as 'Reek Sunday'. It was on the summit of the mountain that Saint Patrick reputedly fasted for forty days in 441 AD. The Black Bell of Saint Patrick also maintains strong religious links with the site, believed to have been used by Saint Patrick in his apocalyptic battle against the forces of evil.
Most probably dating from between 1911 to 1913, the current work depicts a view of the holy mountain of Croagh Patrick looking across Clew Bay from Cloghmore on the southernmost tip of Achill Island. It is a view that Henry painted a number of times (see, for example, Croagh Patrick from Mulranny, Co. Mayo, reproduced in S.B. Kennedy, Paul Henry: with a catalogue of the Paintings, Drawings, Illustrations, New Haven and London, Yale University Press, 2007, cat.no.390, p.176).
Please note that this work will be included in Dr. S.B. Kennedy's ongoing catalogue of Paul Henry's work, and is numbered 1265.
We are grateful to Dr. Kennedy for his assistance in cataloguing this lot.