Oil on board
Titled and signed to verso
Housed in a gilt frame with label on verso from The Framing Guild, Madison Avenue, New York City.
Sight size: 13 1/4" ht. x 15 1/4" wd.
Framed size: 17" ht. x 19" wd.
An exceptional oil on board by well-known Irish landscape painter, Paul Henry. Titled "In Connemara" in graphite on verso. Also signed "Paul Henry RHA" by Henry to verso.Â The work depicts a cloudy day over Connemara, Ireland, one of Henry's most favored subjects. A group ofÂ cottages sit on the shore with mountain in the background. A wide bay stretches across the work. Executed in Henry's mature impressionistic style.Â
Purchased by either the consignor's great-grandfather Sir Patrick McGovern of Blacklion (1870-1933), or grandmother, Mary Geraldine Kane circa 1930-1945, subsequently passed down to Carol and Robert Kane of Oxford, Ohio and lastly inherited by Ned Kane. Sir Patrick was a first generation immigrant to the U.S. who gained fame by becoming chief structural architect and tunnel builder of the Philadelphia, Boston and New York subways and aqueducts.Â Â This work has been in the family since the date of purchase, and this is the first time it will ever be offered for public sale.Â
Lifetime collection of Carol and Robert (Rob) Kane, Oxford, OH.Â
Carol and Robert (Rob) Kane were residents of Oxford, Ohio since 1962. Rob taught Classics at Miami University (Ohio) for 37 years and volunteered at the Saint Francis Seraph Soup Kitchen in Cincinnati for 13 years after his retirement. Carol was active for over three decades as a docent at Miami University Art Museum and a member of the Philanthropic Educational Organization, which helps women achieve their educational goals through scholarships and grants. Married 51 years, the couple raised two sons who survive them, John and Ned, both of California.
Carol and Rob traveled widely in North and South America, Asia, and Europe. They shared a lifelong passion for art, and museums and galleries were at the top of their agenda when traveling. Over the decades, they collected art both close to home and during their travels. A special example is a two month tour of Japan and China in 1985, when tourism in China was just starting to reopen. They took along their young sons and, with input from Asian art historians friends touring with them, collected numerous paintings and ceramics. Many of those items, along with others collected in the US and around the world, are included in this sale. Others were inherited by Carol and Rob from their parents, especially Robâs mother Mary Geraldine Kane of New York City, who collected in the US, Ireland, and the UK.
Carol was born in Grosse Pointe, MI, attended the Academy of the Sacred Heart and Manhattanville College, and earned a masters degree in European history from Georgetown University.Â
Rob was from New York City, attended the College of the Holy Cross, and earned a PhD from Princeton University.