PAIR OF PAUL HENRY LANDSCAPES SURFACE IN OHIO (U.S.)
Descended in the family of Sir Patrick McGovern of Blacklion, Irish Immigrant and Famed Engineer of American Tunnels
To be offered at auction on September 8, 2021
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CINCINNATI (July 29, 2021) — Two landscapes from preeminent Irish artist Paul Henry will be sold at auction on September 8, 2021 by U.S. auction house Caza Sikes, based in Cincinnati.
Henry (Irish, 1877-1958) is regarded as one of, if not the most, notable Irish landscape painters of the 19th and 20th centuries.
The works were recently discovered in an estate descending from Sir Patrick McGovern (1870-1933), originally from Blacklion, County Cavan, Ireland. They are presumed to have been purchased by his daughter Mary Geraldine, or by Patrick himself, during visits back to Ireland, or possibly from one of the many early 20th century exhibits featuring Henry paintings that were held in cities where McGovern was in the midst of large tunnel projects.
Since that purchase, the paintings have resided with the family, passed through generations to present day. Shortly after the paintings were purchased, they were framed beneath glass by now-defunct New York Madison Avenue framing outfit The Framing Guild, thus preserving the surface from a century of wear, dirt and light exposure.
McGovern immigrated to Boston in 1891 and over the course of a lifetime went from a granite block paver to a celebrated civil engineer focusing on tunnels. His projects spanned cities, among them: Subway routes and aqueducts in Philadelphia, New York and Boston, including the accomplishment of burrowing the 60th Street Tunnel under the East River in New York City. McGovern used his hard-earned wealth to benefit his passions, most notably by solely financing a complete renovation of the church in Blacklion he attended as a child.
About the Paintings
Oil on board
34 cm. X 39 cm. (sight); 43 cm. X 48 cm. (frame)
Signed to the front lower right by artist. Inscribed and titled in graphite to the verso of board.
Oil on canvas
34 cm. X 38 cm. (sight); 43 cm. X 48 cm. (frame)
Signed lower left by the artist.
Nearly an identical setting and composition to Henry’s “A Blue Day” which is entry number 920 in the catalog raisonne, yet this example being from a tighter vantage point.
About the Sale
Both works will be auctioned on 8 September 2021 by Caza Sikes auction house, based in Cincinnati, OH, beginning at 10 a.m. ET. Online catalog will launch August 16, 2021.
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