02-01-2013 02-02-2013
Skinner Auctions
Skinner Auctions Boston MA
2635B Boston
February 1, 2013 12:00 PMCalender

Paul Henry (Irish, 1876-1958) A Bog Near Dingle, Co., Kerry

Auction: American & European Works of Art - 2635B Location: Boston Date / Time: February 01, 2013 12:00PM


Paul Henry (Irish, 1876-1958)

A Bog Near Dingle, Co., Kerry, c. 1928-1930
Signed "PAUL HENRY" l.r., identified on a label from Combridge's Fine Art Galleries,
Dublin, Ireland, affixed to the reverse, and with a label from Combridge Ltd., Dublin, Ireland, affixed to the frame.
Oil on panel, 10 x 12 1/2 in. (25.4 x 31.8 cm), framed (under glass).
Condition: Craquelure, very minor surface grime.

Provenance: Collection of Henry L. Shattuck, c. 1938; by descent in the family of the current owner; a North Shore, Massachusetts, estate.

Exhibitions: Paul Henry: Paintings of Kerry and Wicklow, Combridge Gallery, Dublin, November 12, 1937, no. 3.

N.B. The present work is dated c. 1928-30 on stylistic grounds, and numbered 1269 in S. B. Kennedy's ongoing cataloging of Paul Henry's oeuvre. We wish to thank Dr. S.B. Kennedy for his kind assistance with cataloging the lot.

The present work is one of several Paul Henry paintings collected by Henry Lee Shattuck (1879-1971), which includes The Bog at Evening, 1922-3, and Mountain Village, 1926-9, currently in the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Shattuck was a notable business and non-profit leader and philanthropist active in Boston during the early to mid-20th century. He was a New Englander of part Irish descent, and supported Irish cultural exchange through his activities with the Charitable Irish Society of Boston. (1) He was also a treasurer and senior fellow of the board of Harvard University from 1929 to 1952, a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1920 to 1930, and from 1943 to 1948, and a member of the Boston City Council from 1933 to 1938. (2) Today, he is perhaps best remembered as both the namesake of a public service award that honors employees of the City of Boston, and for his 300-acre woodland bequest in Medfield to the Trustees of Reservations.

1. "Henry Lee Shattuck." Proceedings of the Massachusetts Historical Society, Third Series, Vol. 83 (1971), p. 170.
2. Ibid., 168.
Estimate $25,000-35,000

The craquelure is stable. The work might benefit from a light cleaning, but it is far from necessary. There are no other issues to report.

There are minor losses to the frame, but we do not guarantee the condition of frames.

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Paul Henry, Combridge Ltd., Henry L. Shattuck, Near Dingle Co., Henry Lee Shattuck, Massachusetts, S.B. Kennedy, Combridge Gallery, business and non-profit leader, Charitable Irish Society of Boston, Harvard University, Massachusetts House of Representatives, Boston City Council, treasurer, Third Series, Massachusetts Historical Society