Editions & Sculptures
6th session

May 02 - May 30, 2024


This session is closed for bidding.
Current bid: $3,250 CAD
Bidding History
Paddle # Date Amount

21290 30-May-2024 05:43:55 PM $3,250

823986 29-May-2024 11:27:23 AM $3,000

943176 28-May-2024 06:08:23 PM $2,750

823986 28-May-2024 05:03:27 PM $2,500

943176 28-May-2024 01:13:41 PM $2,250

823986 27-May-2024 03:10:05 PM $2,000

The bidding history list updated on: Wednesday, June 19, 2024 11:10:26

LOT 809

1941 - 2022

Captain Noah Bishop’s Visitation at the Icefields
etching and aquatint on paper
signed, titled, editioned 35/50 and dated 1979
15 3/4 x 19 3/4 in, 40 x 50.2 cm

Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000 CAD

Sold for: $4,063

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Acquired directly from the Artist by the present Private Collection, Ontario, circa 1980

William Gough, The Art of David Blackwood, 1988, reproduced plate 23, unpaginated, same image

The narrative in this mysterious and evocative copperplate etching by David Blackwood revolves around Captain Noah Bishop. One night at sea, Captain Bishop experienced a vision of his wife approaching across the ice floes. The apparition filled him with dread, and he set sail for home. According to the story, he returned to his wife, presumed dead, who was then revived by the cold night air. The fantastical qualities of this image point to the profound influence of Gustave Doré and his renowned engravings depicting scenes from Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.

The original owners of this work were introduced to David Blackwood by Woodrow “Woody” Roberts, also a native of Wesleyville, Newfoundland. Roberts, by all accounts, was a living embodiment of the long and rich tradition of storytelling from that region. This work comes from an impressive private collection of Blackwood’s work that includes the iconic Fire Down on the Labrador, lot 28 in Heffel’s Spring 2024 live auction.

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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