Portraits and landscapes in the style of the present work and Self-Portrait
(lot 36) represented the majority of Patrick Hennessy's output at this time and although they are made with an obsessively detailed technique there is also the suggestion of the sinister in the everyday. The classical bust seen in The Yew Walk
is indicative of the symbolist direction Hennessy’s work would take in the following years but the clarity and detail is similar to Dutch genre painting of the 17th
century. Sitting somewhere between still-life and landscape, it defies categorisation along with the best of the artist’s works.
Seán Kissane (Curator of Exhibitions at IMMA)