Killarney Mountains, Spring Gorse, Glenbeigh, Ireland
Ellenshaw loved Ireland and painted a whole series based on its landscape. They call it the "Emerald Isle" and it certainly deserves the distinction, with its many shades of green. The lovely yellow of the gorse dots the countryside, climbing along the stone walls. Though the walls may look like they were always there, most of them were built during the time of the Famine. The more sympathetic Anglo-Irish landlords paid their tenant farmers to take the stones that filled each field and build fences, just to provide a job for which they could pay a small wage to the starving Irish.