LOT 148

1888 - 1960

Portrait of Miss Audrey Cook
oil on canvas, circa 1933
on verso signed, titled and inscribed "28" and "5-H" twice
40 x 35 in 101.6 x 88.9 cm

Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000

Sold for: $49,250

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Estate of the Artist
By bequest to Hugh J. Campbell, 1960
By descent to H.J. Campbell, 1995
Sold sale of Reeve, MacKay & Associates, May 29, 1996, lot 1087
Private Collection, Toronto

Charles C. Hill, The Group of Seven: Art for a Nation, National Gallery of Canada, 1995, shown in a photograph of a 1933 Canadian Group of Painters exhibition, reproduced page 289
Victoria Baker, Modern Colours: The Art of Randolph Stanley Hewton, 1888 - 1960, Art Gallery of Hamilton, 2002

Heinz Art Salon, Atlantic City, Canadian Group of Painters, 1933
Modern Colours: The Art of Randolph Stanley Hewton, 1888 - 1960, Art Gallery of Hamilton, January 19 - March 31, 2002, catalogue #43

Randolph Hewton trained in France along with Group of Seven artist A.Y. Jackson, and when they returned to Montreal, it was as modernist exponents of French art. Hewton became a member of the Beaver Hall Group in Montreal and was considered to be a formative influence on some of its women artists. He sketched alongside Jackson in Quebec villages on the St. Lawrence River, and he was invited to show in the first Group exhibition, held in 1920. As well as a landscape painter, Hewton was a fine portraitist. Among his subjects were painters Albert H. Robinson and A.Y. Jackson, Alice Massey (wife of governor general Vincent Massey), and a number of attractive young women, such as Audrey Cook. His portraits are quite modern. In this lovely painting, he sets Cook against a colour-field background, in a natural pose. Hewton shows his refined sense of the volume of her body, and the curve of her neck is exquisite. Her long and graceful fingers rest on the violin and bow, and she looks to the side, as if contemplating a piece of music she is about to play.

Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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