John Geoffrey Caruthers Little

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John Geoffrey Caruthers Little

1928 -
ARCA

Born in Montreal, John Little studied for two years at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts under Goodridge Roberts and Arthur Lismer. He then went to New York to continue his studies at the Art Students’ League under Will Barnet and Frank J. Reilley. On his return to Montreal in 1951, Little joined his father’s architectural firm, Luke & Little, where he worked as a draughtsman.

In 1953 he began to pursue painting full time. Little’s interest in architecture was an integral part of his painting, and he had a great affection for Montreal’s historic buildings and neighbourhoods. Over time, such neighbourhoods were subject to the ravages of change, and Little’s paintings preserved their memory. He has an extraordinary ability to capture winter light and palpable cold, contrasted with the warmth and character of the neighbourhood and its people. His depictions of Montreal brought him early acclaim, and he exhibited with Montreal’s prestigious Watson Art Galleries. His 1957 exhibition brought praise from the Montreal Gazette for his vision of the city. In commenting on a 1964 exhibition of his work, Dorothy Pfeiffer wrote in the Gazette: “Those bemoaning the seemingly ruthless demolition of hundreds of Montreal’s gracious old-world homes and other buildings…will gain nostalgic pleasure from John Little’s show, for he has dedicated his paintings to the preservation of such items for posterity.”

Little became an Associate of the Royal Canadian Academy in 1961. His work is represented in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery and Sir George Williams University.

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Une journée d'été, avenue Coloniale vers Duluth, Montréal
24 x 30in 61 x 76.2cm
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $15,000 - $20,000 CDN
Sold for:   $55,575 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's Fall 2009 - 1st Session auction on Thursday, November 26, 2009



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La petite rue Champlain, Quebec
24 x 30in 61 x 76.2cm
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $15,000 - $20,000 CDN
Sold for:   $50,150 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's Fall 2016 - 1st Session auction on Wednesday, November 23, 2016



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Opposite Gare du Palais, Quebec
24 x 30in 61 x 76.2cm
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $18,000 - $22,000 CDN
Sold for:   $41,300 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's Spring 2016 - 1st Session auction on Wednesday, May 25, 2016



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Sherbrooke at Drummond, Montreal
24 x 30in 61 x 76.2cm
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $15,000 - $20,000 CDN
Sold for:   $40,950 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's Spring 2011 - 1st Session auction on Tuesday, May 17, 2011



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Street Scene, Montreal
12 x 16in 30.5 x 40.6cm
oil on canvas board

Estimate:  $5,000 - $7,000 CDN
Sold for:   $40,250 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's Fine Canadian Art Fall 2006 auction on Friday, November 24, 2006



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Darthmouth Ferry, Halifax, NS
20 x 30in 50.8 x 76.2cm
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $15,000 - $20,000 CDN
Sold for:   $40,250 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's Fine Canadian Art Spring 2007 auction on Wednesday, May 23, 2007



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Old Days in St. Henry, Montreal
10 x 12in 25.4 x 30.5cm
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $10,000 - $15,000 CDN
Sold for:   $38,350 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's Spring 2016 - 1st Session auction on Wednesday, May 25, 2016



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Rue St-Olivier, au coin de rue Sutherland, Quebec City
12 x 16in 30.5 x 40.6cm
oil on canvas board

Estimate:  $10,000 - $15,000 CDN
Sold for:   $35,400 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's Fall 2015 - 1st Session auction on Thursday, November 26, 2015



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McTavish Street, Montreal
24 x 30in 61 x 76.2cm
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $12,000 - $16,000 CDN
Sold for:   $35,100 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's Fall 2012 - 1st Session auction on Thursday, November 22, 2012



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La patinoire - St-Henri d'autrefois, Montréal
20 x 24in 50.8 x 61cm
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $15,000 - $20,000 CDN
Sold for:   $35,100 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's Spring 2010 - 1st Session auction on Wednesday, May 26, 2010


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