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The Road to Coomasharn, County Kerry

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One of the best-known Irish landscape painters of the century, Paul Henry was educated at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution. He attended the Belfast Government School of Art (1897–1898) and went to Paris in the latter year. There he studied at the Académie Julian and in the studio of the American Painter James Abbot McNeill Whistler, who became an important influence on him. In 1910 he and his wife Grace (also a painter) paid their first visit to Achill. Fascinated by the island and its way of life, they remained for almost ten years. They moved to Dublin in 1919, on Grace’s wishes. During the following decade, Henry exhibited with the Society of Dublin Painters and with the RHA, of which he was elected a member in 1929. Best known as a painter of the west of Ireland, his finest landscapes were produced before the early 1930s. His works, distinctive in style, are simple in composition and executed with a limited palette.

Queen's University Belfast



The Road to Coomasharn, County Kerry


oil on canvas


H 51.2 x W 61.5 cm

Accession number

QUB 33

Acquisition method

purchased, 1936

Work type


Inscription description

Paul Henry


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