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LOT 052

Edward John (E.J.) Hughes
1913 - 2007

The Thompson River, from Walhachin
watercolour on card
signed and dated 1973 and on verso signed, titled and dated
20 1/8 x 24 1/4 in 51.1 x 61.6 cm

Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000

Sold for: $55,250

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Dominion Gallery, Montreal
Estate of Michel Moreault, former director of the Dominion Gallery, Montreal

E.J. Hughes made a number of sketching trips to the British Columbia interior and was specifically in the area of the Thompson River in 1956 and 1963. The winding nature of the river made it particularly visually attractive, and the vantage point at Walhachin has an interesting history. Now a ghost town, it was once home to an affluent colony of English settlers and was called “Canada’s Camelot.” However, Hughes’s interest lies with the striking landscape—in the contrast between the arid hills and the river with rich growth along its banks, and the dramatic aerial view fading into the distance under banks of clouds. Emphasizing the serpentine line of the river is the railway and row of telephone poles running alongside it; their repeated man-made pattern is the kind of motif that intrigued the artist. Natural patterns are also captured—in the reflections of trees at the calm edges of the river and in the eddies at its centre. The date of 1973 reveals Hughes’s habit of revisiting sketches of his subjects; clearly this lofty panorama piqued his interest again some years after his initial visits.

Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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