A view of Croagh Patrick from Achill Island by Paul Henry is one of the Irish highlights at Bonhams 20th Century British and Irish Art in London on May 30. Croagh Patrick in Co. Mayo is a renowned site of pilgrimage in honour of St. Patrick. Here the saint reputedly fasted for forty days before using the Black Bell to combat the birds and demons that challenged him, and in doing so banished all the snakes from Ireland. It is estimated at £10,000-15,000.
The sale includes two works by Gerard Dillon, Little Boy Playing at God (painted in 1945-6 and estimated to sell for £30,000-50,000) and The Moon Over the Bog (painted in 1954 and estimated to sell for £50,000-70,000). Other works in the sale include Fish by William Scott, initially sold to benefit the Royal Academy of Arts Trust, and estimated to sell for £60,000-80,000, Sir Gerald Festus Kelly’s Portrait of Jane with a white shawl XXVII, depicting the artist’s wife Lilian Ryan (£7,000-10,000), and Sutton Sands, a view of Sutton Beach at the northern edge of Dublin Bay painted by William John Leech in 1909 (estimated to sell for £7,000-10,000).