Lot # 104
Fall 2017 - 2nd Session Live auction

James Edward Hervey (J.E.H.) MacDonald
ALC CGP G7 OSA RCA 1873 - 1932 Canadian

The Sea at Barbados
oil on board 1932
on verso titled
8 1/2 x 10 1/2 in  21.6 x 26.7cm

Sir Gilbert Cochrane Stowe Wainwright, Order of the British Empire (1871 - 1954)
By descent through the family to the present Private Collection, Ontario

In 1932, J.E.H. MacDonald took a leave of absence from his job as principal of the Ontario College of Art and traveled to Barbados in the West Indies for three months. MacDonald was delighted by the rich profusion of flowers and vegetation and by the radiant white light. He quickly absorbed this new environment, and this expansive view of the seacoast with its floating clouds and rich blues carries the essence of the dreamy tropics. This landscape so struck MacDonald’s imagination that on return to Canada he wrote, “Our little Barbadian souls have drawn within themselves to think about the far away brightness of the blessed island.”
Sir Gilbert Wainwright, the original owner of this work (and lot 103 in the sale), began working for the Bank of Ottawa in 1889 and subsequently worked for the Bank of Nova Scotia, becoming manager of the bank in Kingston, Jamaica. He served as justice of the peace and as a member of the Jamaican Legislative Council from 1932 to 1942. For his public service in Jamaica, he was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1936 and a Knight Bachelor in 1943.

Estimate: $15,000 ~ $20,000 CAD  
Sold for: $28,125 CAD (including Buyer's Premium)

All prices are in Canadian Dollars.

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