Diamond Valley

Paul Henry
Paul Henry (11 April 1877 – 24 August 1958) studied art in Belfast and Paris. He spent almost 30 years of his life (from 1929) in Kilmacanogue and Bray, inspired by the scenery we enjoy at Diamond Valley. In the 1920s and 30s Paul Henry was Ireland’s most famous artist.

Paul Henry Poster

The Sugar Loaf Co. Wicklow 1929-30. Oil painting and later LMS railway poster.

He married the painter Grace Henry in 1903, and from 1910 until 1919 they lived and worked on Achill. He lefy Achill and separated from Grace Henry in 1929. He was to spend the remainder of his life living within the landscape of Co. Wicklow.

With artist Mabel Young, who was to become the artist's second wife, he settled at Kilmacanogue, and later in Sidmonton Square, Bray. The landscape of County Wicklow influences his later work which included artwork for best selling tourism posters commissioned by London Midlands and Scottish Railway.

Paul Henry and Mabel Young are buried in Enniskerry Graveyard (opposite the entrance to Powerscourt Demense). The magical thing about their grave is the beautiful view of the Great Sugar Loaf from the spot they chose for their last resting place.

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