LOT 108

1891 - 1941

St. Irénée, Que., Near Murray Bay
oil on board
signed faintly and on verso titled Ste. Irenée and titled and dated 1931 on the exhibition label
8 1/2 x 10 1/2 in 21.6 x 26.7 cm

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000

Sold for: $43,250

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Acquired directly from the Artist by Gilbert A. LaBine, Toronto
By descent within the family to the present Private Collection, Ontario

A.Y. Jackson, A Painter’s Country: The Autobiography of A.Y. Jackson, 1958, page 63
Naomi Jackson Groves, A.Y.’s Canada, 1968, page 66

Hart House, University of Toronto, Exhibition of Paintings by the Late Sir Frederick Banting, February 13 - March 1, 1943

Another year, with Banting and Randolph Hewton, I went to St. Irénée and here Banting was nearly found out again. He liked to wear old clothes; thus dressed, he hoped he looked like a farmer.

—A.Y. Jackson

Although he was a world-famous Nobel laureate for his co-discovery of insulin, Dr. Frederick Banting avoided fanfare. On sketching trips with A.Y. Jackson, he would go by names such as “Fred Grant” and seek to go unnoticed. Part of his aim was the opportunity to focus on creating accomplished and sensitively observed works such as this. Unfortunately, Banting’s paintings remain rare – his intention was to devote more time to painting following World War II, but a plane crash cut short his life in early 1941. Jackson, who gave this work its full title and date, wrote shortly after Banting's death, while painting in Quebec: “The last time I was here was with Fred Banting and we had a very happy time together. He was quite the greatest man in Canada and yet seemed so completely unconscious of it.”

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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