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819039 29-Jun-2022 03:55:45 PM $800

28877 29-Jun-2022 03:32:07 PM $700

7805 29-Jun-2022 03:29:02 PM $600

28877 10-Jun-2022 01:32:33 PM $500

The bidding history list updated on: Tuesday, October 04, 2022 10:21:34

LOT 607

1882 - 1974

Smart River, Alaska Highway
silkscreen on paperboard, circa 1945 - 1948
signed in the plate and on verso titled on the label
19 1/2 x 26 1/4 in, 49.5 x 66.7 cm

Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000 CAD

Sold for: $1,000

Preview at:

Lawren S. Harris
Gift from the above to the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, UBC, Vancouver

Ian Sigvaldson and Scott Steedman, Art For War and Peace: How a Great Art Project Helped Canada Discover Itself, 2015, reproduced page 89

These silkscreens were produced by the well known commercial art firm, Sampson-Matthews Limited of Toronto. Some of the reproductions were commissioned by private collectors who wished to have duplicate copies of works in their collections. Many were commissioned by the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa in a series of "60 Canadian Landscapes for Schools, Offices and Homes." This series was commissioned following an increased demand for fine Canadian works of art and with the realization of the cultural and educational value of fine Canadian paintings. All of the works were "approved for silkscreen reproduction by a committee acting on behalf of the Board of Trustees of the National Gallery and composed of A.Y. Jackson..., A.J. Casson…and H.O. McCurry…, Director of the National Gallery of Canada." Some were chosen from existing works in museums and art galleries and others were commissioned specifically for this project.

All of the silkscreens were produced using the original, conventional silkscreening techniques. They were printed using oil paint in 12 to 15 colours on a heavy paperboard. Among other well-known commercial artists, Franklin Carmichael and Casson were both employed by Sampson-Matthews for over 20 years. Carmichael began working at Sampson-Matthews in 1922 as head designer. In 1926 Casson began his 32-year career at Sampson-Matthews, originally under the supervision of Carmichael.

The consignor proceeds of this sale will go towards the acquisitions fund for the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery at the University of British Columbia.

Please note: this work is unframed.

Please note the condition of this work.

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