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LOT 332

1855 - 1936

Near Freeport
oil on board
signed and on verso titled on a letter and inscribed "Farfield Sketch 244" on a label
12 1/2 x 16 1/2 in, 31.8 x 41.9 cm

Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 135 Yorkville Ave

Collection of Allan D. Maxwell, Drumbo, Ontario
Private Collection, Ontario

Muriel Miller, Homer Watson, The Man of Doon, 1937, page 47

"Mr. Watson is the Canadian Constable, and Barbizon without ever having seen Barbizon."

-- Oscar Wilde

Born in Doon, Ontario, Homer Watson was self-taught. His work was admired by Oscar Wilde and collected by British royalty. He was influenced by the Hudson River School and associated with English painter John Constable and the French Barbizon School. However, his landscapes were portrayed as distinctly Canadian, and his subjects were often of the area around Doon. He was encouraging about the influence of Impressionism appearing in younger Canadian artists' work. Large holdings of Watson's work are found in the National Gallery of Canada, and Homer Watson House in Kitchener, Ontario.

The letter on verso, dated July 22, 1949, from Ross Hamilton, Director of the Doon School of Fine Arts, and one of the executors of the Estate of Homer Watson, states, "This is to certify that painting No. 244, 'Near Freeport', 12 1/2 x 16 1/2, is an original painting by the hand of Homer Watson, R.C.A."

A copy of Homer Watson, The Man of Doon by Muriel Miller accompanies this lot.

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