Irish artist Paul Henry (1876-1958) spent almost a decade on Achill Island between 1910 and 1919. Paul Henry and his wife Grace Henry painted Achill landscapes and portraits of Achill people, and Paul Henry's paintings came to typify an image of the west of Ireland in the early years of the Irish Free State.

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Paul Henry picture gallery: Achill Boat

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Achill Boat by Paul Henry
Achill Boat, by Paul Henry
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Irish artist Paul Henry lived and worked on Achill Island in the west of Ireland from 1910 to 1919. He painted many local Achill scenes, including portraits and landscapes, and documented island life in sketches and paintings such as this one. The 'Achill boat' featured in this Paul Henry painting is most likely a yawl, a traditional west of Ireland sailing boat. Yawl racing has been revived on Achill Island and is now a major summer sport on the waters around the island.

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