Painted shortly after Paul Henry first arrived on Achill Island in 1910 the painting on the left is one of a number of works that record the artist’s excitement at his new found surroundings. It is entitled Fisherman in a Currach. The setting is Achill Island and must almost certainly be the Cathedral Rocks at the northern end of the Menawn Cliffs at Keel; the distant island is Inishgallon. The work will feature at the Whyte’s sale in the RDS on Monday, November 29 at 6 p. m. It is estimated at 100,000-150,000.
There are a number of works in the sale donated by leading Irish artists to raise funds for Amnesty International. Among those who have contributed paintings are Robert Ballagh, Barrie Cooke and Alice Maher.
There is an illustration by Harry Clarke of John Keats’ The Eve of St. Agnes and this 191 lot sale features works by Percy French and William Conor and a Mediterranean scene by Nathanial Hone.
The venue for the sale is the RDS Clyde Rooms, Anglesea Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. Viewing is from Saturday, November 27 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
UPDATE: Fisherman in a Currach was the top lot at this sale. It made 145,000. Harry Clarke’s illusation for The Eve of St. Agnes made 15,500. Watercolours by Percy French made various sums of between 1,500 and 6,000 and most of the offerings from William Conor sold too. Conor’s The Potato Pickers made 21,000. Nathanial Hone’s Fishing Boats at Villefranche c1880 made 35,000, John Behan’s unique bronze Famine Ship made 10,000 and a diptych by John Shinnors sold for 14,500