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LOT 136

Cornelius David Krieghoff
1815 - 1872

The Sleigh Ride Near Lake St. Charles, Quebec
oil on canvas
signed and on verso titled, dated 1861 and inscribed "Dorothy P. Boylen"
9 1/4 x 11 1/8 in 23.5 x 28.3 cm

Estimate: $40,000 - $60,000

Sold for: $79,250

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Cooling Galleries, London
Dr. M.J. Boylen
The Art Emporium, Vancouver
Private Collection, British Columbia

One of Cornelius Krieghoff’s important themes was the depiction of habitants and their sleighs. Horse-drawn sleighs were an intrinsic part of everyday life in early Quebec – they hauled goods and transported people through the snowy countryside. Krieghoff’s iconic treatment of this subject varied from the practical – such as sledges loaded with ice or lumber - to amusing scenes of habitants racing sleighs, fleeing tollgates without paying and crashing on dangerously rutted roads. Depicted here is a couple traveling in an attractive bright red cariole, its runners stylishly curled up. The driver urges on the horse along the snowy path, and in the background can be seen a striking panorama of mountains and a glowing, pastel-tinted sky. Lake St. Charles, outside of Quebec City, was a well-known destination for fishermen, hunters and people seeking recreation such as boating. Krieghoff’s paintings were noted for their fine detailing – such as in the clothing of the people in the sleigh, the horse’s harness and the vegetation in the surrounding landscape. The Sleigh Ride Near Lake St. Charles, Quebec is an outstanding work by this important chronicler of life in Lower Canada.

Estimate: $40,000 - $60,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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