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LOT 111

Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
1884 - 1963

Peyto Lake
watercolour on paper
signed and dated 1957 and on verso titled on the Canadian Art Galleries label
13 1/2 x 21 1/2 in 34.3 x 54.6 cm

Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000

Preview at: Heffel Vancouver

Canadian Art Galleries, Calgary
Masters Gallery Ltd., Calgary
Private Collection, Vancouver

Walter J. Phillips and Frederick Niven, Colour in the Canadian Rockies, 1962, a similar watercolour entitled Mistaya Valley with Lake Peyto reproduced page 83

Walter J. Phillips first received training in the techniques of watercolour in England, where he absorbed the methods developed by the great nineteenth-century British watercolourists. Part of this tradition was a love of nature, and when Phillips immigrated to Canada in 1913, settling in Winnipeg, he immediately responded to the beauty of the area’s landscapes. He continued to hone his extraordinary abilities with the medium of watercolour, infusing his works with the clear atmosphere and brilliant light he found here. In 1940, Phillips became an instructor for the summer program at the Banff School of Fine Arts, and he taught for 20 summers there, building a house in Banff in 1946. His sketching trips into the surrounding Rockies produced stunning watercolours such as this, and his sense of euphoria in the Rockies can be sensed in this majestic panoramic view. Phillips captures all the grandeur of the outlook from Bow Summit, minutes west of Lake Louise, high above glacier-fed Peyto Lake, overhung by the spires of Caldron Peak, Peyto Peak and Mount Jimmy Simpson.

Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000

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