Ryanair heir sells Paul Henry paintings

Christie’s London auction features work by Lavery, Yeats and Henry

Thatched Cottages with Mountains Beyond by Paul Henry, (€31,000-€44,000) at Christie’s London

Thatched Cottages with Mountains Beyond by Paul Henry, (€31,000-€44,000) at Christie’s London


Two Paul Henry landscape paintings, formerly owned by the late Ryanair executive and pilot Cathal Ryan, will go under the hammer at Christie’s in London next week. Peat Stacks has an estimate of £40,000-£60,000 (€50,000- €75,000); Thatched Cottages with Mountains Beyond is £25,000- £35,000 (€31,000-€44,000).

Cathal Ryan was a son of the late Ryanair founder Tony Ryan. He died in December 2007 aged 48, three months after his father died aged 71. It is understood that the paintings have been consigned to Christie’s by Cathal Ryan’s daughter, Danielle.

Christie’s has a long association with the Ryans – one of Ireland’s wealthiest families. In 2011, it sold a selection of art and antiques from Tony Ryan’s house, Lyons Demesne, near Celbridge, Co Kildare which realised €3.8 million. The house, once valued at €80 million, failed to sell and was recently taken off the market.

Christie’s Modern British and Irish Art Sale on Thursday also features a painting by Jack B Yeats titled The Western Ocean (£60,000-£80,000).

A selection of paintings by Sir John Lavery includes Miss Delphine Reynolds and her Sheltie (£50,000-£80,000).

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