GRACE HENRY HRHA
b. Peterhead, Scotland 1868 d. Dublin 1935
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Grace Henry, née Mitchell was born at Peterhead, Scotland and studied in Blanc Garrins Academy, Brussels, and the Delecluse Academy Paris, marrying the Belfast born artist, Paul Henry (1876-1958) in 1903. She lived for some years on Achill  Island, later living in Dublin. She returned to Paris to study under the cubist painter, André Lhôte and worked for long periods in the south of France and Italy, while continuing to exhibit at the Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA) and other Dublin galleries, she is best known for seascapes, landscapes and floral painting. 

They settled in England and Grace began exhibiting in London at the RA, the Leicester Galleries, and the Fine Art Society. Along with her artist husband, she sent works to the RHA from 1910 onwards, and two years later they left England for Achill  Island, where they spent seven productive years painting the local people and landscape. 

In 1922 she was represented at the Irish Exhibition in Paris with five works; later she was included in a similar loan exhibition in Brussels in 1930. Both she and Paul were founder members of the Dublin Painters group.  The couple seperated and Paul Henry failed to mention Grace in either of the two volumes of his biography.

They exhibited together at the Stephen's Green Gallery, Dublin, and the Magee Gallery, Belfast. However, the pair were formally separated in 1934. Grace took to travelling and painting in France. Her work was boldly conceived in vibrant colours and decisive brushwork; "her painting", commented the Studio in 1939, was "all poetry". 

She continued to exhibit both in London and Dublin, notably with the Waddington Galleries and at the RHA. Although never made an Associate, she was elected an Honorary RHA in 1949. Her work is in many major public collections in Ireland.
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