Paul Henry R.H.A. (Irish, 1876-1958) Ferriter's Cove, Kerry 59.2 x 72.2 cm. (23 1/4 x 28 3/8 in.) (Painted 1935-36)
Lot 33† AR
Paul Henry R.H.A.
(Irish, 1876-1958)
Ferriter's Cove, Kerry 59.2 x 72.2 cm. (23 1/4 x 28 3/8 in.)
Sold for £197,000 (US$ 263,321) inc. premium

Lot Details
Paul Henry R.H.A. (Irish, 1876-1958)
Ferriter's Cove, Kerry
signed 'PAUL HENRY' (lower right) and titled 'FERRITER'S COVE, KERRY' (on a label verso)
oil on canvas laid on board
59.2 x 72.2 cm. (23 1/4 x 28 3/8 in.)
Painted 1935-36

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Corporate Collection, U.K., since 27 April 1938

    Exhibited
    Toronto, Eaton Galleries, Recent Paintings by Paul Henry, 19 September-2 October 1936, cat.no.25

    Literature
    S.B. Kennedy, Paul Henry, Paintings, Drawings, Illustrations, Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 2007, p.281, cat.no.918 (listed as untraced)

    Ferriter's Cove is situated a few miles east of Ballyferriter in County Kerry. Paul Henry first went there in 1933 and was so taken by the place, which he likened to Cape Cod, that he went back again the following autumn. 'It is lovely', he wrote to James Healy in America, who acted as an agent for him. 'Wherever one turns there is material for dozens of pictures'. He did a good deal of sketching at the time and made drawings for paintings which he completed later in his studio, north of Dublin. He was in good spirits at the time, commenting that 'things (economically) are definitely brighter in Ireland than I have known them for several years'.

    In this picture of Ferriter's Cove the paint has been applied with deliberation and with little variation in impasto. There is a sense of freshness and clear air pervading the whole composition, which typifies much of Henry's work in the mid and late 1930s. Although he also felt a little isolated from artistic developments outside Ireland. 'One never sees any of the work of modern European artists & that to me is a great loss', he wrote to Healy in December. His visit to Kerry, however, produced sufficient work for his Spring show, Recent Paintings of Kerry and Connemara, many of the latter pictures having a richness, even a sensuousness in the colours which have been applied heavily laden in linseed oil, a development that typifies much of his work from now on.

    A good deal of the above applies to the Ferriter's Cove picture, which exudes freshness, the clear air being most appealing in its intensity. Generally the paint has been applied (for Henry) with considerable force and the clouds too have been painted with careful deliberation and thought. The wall of the cottage has the same treatment as has the thatch and grass to the side of the cottage. The road also is similarly treated as is the land in the middle distance beyond. The breakers and the distant headland are also so treated. Altogether this is Henry at his very best.

    We are grateful to Dr S.B. Kennedy for compiling this catalogue entry.
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