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LOT 126

Alfred Joseph (A.J.) Casson
CGP CSPWC G7 OC POSA PRCA
1898 - 1992
Canadian

From the Heights, Baie Fine
oil on board, circa 1949
signed and on verso signed on a label and titled
20 x 24 in 50.8 x 61 cm

Estimate: $50,000 - $70,000

Sold for: $79,250

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

PROVENANCE
Laing Galleries, Toronto
Montreal University Club, 1967
Private Collection, Vancouver


Baie Fine, situated in Ontario’s Killarney Provincial Park, is one of the largest freshwater fjords in the world. Bounded by high quartz mountains, this location provided A.J. Casson with the kind of dramatic, bold scenery that the Group of Seven became famous for portraying – and it was also painted by fellow members Franklin Carmichael and Frederick Varley. At the entrance to Baie Fine, a mountain was named Casson Peak in recognition of Casson’s painting at this location and his assistance in environmental lobbying to preserve the area. In 1987 a group of citizens formed the North Channel Preservation Society to halt plans for a silica quarry there, and Casson allowed the group to sell serigraphs of his watercolour Baie Fine Entrance: View from Table Rock to raise financing. Subsequently, the company that owned the mining rights, Falconbridge, in an inspiring demonstration of environmental responsibility, voluntarily surrendered its claim, on condition no other group could mine there. From his vantage point in the sculptural mass of this tumble of rock formations, Casson has captured a stunning panoramic view made even more uplifting by our knowledge of what it took to preserve it.


Estimate: $50,000 - $70,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars


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