Acquired directly from the artist, thence by descent; Their sale, Morgan O'Driscoll, 14 September 2015, lot 51, where purchased by the present owner
This rare, early drawing dates from 1904, before Paul Henry settled on Achill island in 1910 and embarked upon his celebrated paintings of the West of Ireland. Although he is remembered for his oils Henry created beautiful drawings early in his career, as seen in the present work. It shows his highly accomplished technical ability, with soft outlines and careful toning to create form and atmosphere.
Woman with Fagots is numbered 1294 in S. B. Kennedy's ongoing cataloguing of Paul Henry's oeuvre.
The sheet appears sound, cockles slightly otherwise in good overall condition.
Held under glass in a rippled ebony framed with a cream mount; unexamined out of frame. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."