Beautiful Girl

“One day I was going through Keel and I met her [Emily]… and she called to me, ‘Oh Mr Henry, I want you to come and see a very beautiful girl.” I followed obediently, and we knocked at the door of a cottage… The door opened to Mrs. Weddall’s knock and the young girl stood in the doorway. ‘Mr. Henry’ piped Mrs. Weddall, ‘I have come to show you a most beautiful girl.'”

Recounts the artist of the “not perhaps the most tactful” introduction to his potential sitter by Emily. The girl was indeed very beautiful, but very shy and did not stick around too long after the brief introduction. The portrait never go painted.


An Irish Portrait,Paul Henry’s Autobiography, 1951. P 52-53