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Paul Henry RHA

Paul Henry was born on 11th April 1876 in Belfast and became one of Ireland’s greatest twentieth-century landscape painters. Railway companies (1920’s) and Bord Fáilte (1940’s) popularised his work with prints. In his own words, Paul wanted to capture in his work “the very soul of Ireland”. He recalled that the atmosphere at home was constricting throughout his childhood, however, when he entered Methodist College, Belfast in 1882, he began drawing frequently. When he was fifteen, he moved to the Royal Belfast Academical Institution where he had already decided to become an artist.

In 1898, Henry left Belfast and studied under Jean-Paul Laurens in the ‘Académie Julian’ in Paris. Here he first met Grace Mitchell who Paul then married in 1903 in London. He stayed in Paris for a further two years when he began to use charcoal and then moved to London. To make a living, Paul submitted illustrations to local papers and also taught classes in writing pamphlets.

 

In 1910, Henry first exhibited at Dublin’s RHA, becoming an associate in 1926 and then a full member in 1928. He was one of the first Academicians of the Ulster Academy of Arts. His early works of the west of Ireland classically include figures, however, later he focused on capturing cloud formations, historic hillsides and lakes of Connemara and Wicklow.

 

Henry’s career has been both documented through his own writings and most recently through Dr Kennedy’s monograph, Paul Henry (Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 2000). 

Paul Henry RHA - Unsold artworks for sale

There are currently 2 unsold artwork(s) that are open to offers

Paul Henry RHA - Auction results

There have been 91 artwork(s) sold in previous auctions
  • Lot 233 by Paul Henry RHA at Ross's Auctions
    Lot 233 Sale Date: 28 January 2009
    Result: £6,500
  • Lot 146 by Paul Henry RHA at Ross's Auctions
    Lot 146 Sale Date: 28 January 2009
    Result: £4,000
  • COTTAGES BY THE SHORELINE, CONNEMARA by Paul Henry RHA at Ross's Auctions
    COTTAGES BY THE SHORELINE, CONNEMARA Sale Date: 10 November 2016 Medium: Coloured Print Size: H 14" x W 16"
    Result: £550
  • Lot 164 by Paul Henry RHA at Ross's Auctions
    Lot 164 Sale Date: 06 October 2010
    Result: £500
  • CONNEMARA COTTAGES by Paul Henry RHA at Ross's Auctions
    CONNEMARA COTTAGES Sale Date: 29 January 2015 Medium: Fine Art Guild Coloured Print Size: H 14" x W 15"
    Result: £460
  • Lot 87 by Paul Henry RHA at Ross's Auctions
    Lot 87 Sale Date: 03 December 2008
    Result: £450
  • DONEGAL, IRELAND FOR HOLIDAYS by Paul Henry RHA at Ross's Auctions
    DONEGAL, IRELAND FOR HOLIDAYS Sale Date: 04 December 2014 Medium: Poster Size: H 31" x W 19"
    Result: £440
  • Lot 244 by Paul Henry RHA at Ross's Auctions
    Lot 244 Sale Date: 11 March 2009
    Result: £400
  • Lot 307 by Paul Henry RHA at Ross's Auctions
    Lot 307 Sale Date: 07 October 2009
    Result: £400
  • SHOWERY DAY, CO. KERRY by Paul Henry RHA at Ross's Auctions
    SHOWERY DAY, CO. KERRY Sale Date: 28 March 2012 Medium: Artist's Proof Print Size: H 18" x W 20"
    Result: £400
  • Lot 363 by Paul Henry RHA at Ross's Auctions
    Lot 363 Sale Date: 03 June 2009
    Result: £360