Sir Frederick Grant Banting

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Sir Frederick Grant Banting

1891 - 1941

Known to many as the co-discoverer of insulin, Frederick Banting won the Nobel prize for Medicine, together with Dr. Charles Best, and Dr. J. J. R. MacLeod in 1923. For this remarkable contribution to medicine, he was knighted in 1934. Born in 1891 in Alliston, Ontario, Banting Historical House in London, Ontario is named in his honor.

Banting’s artistic career, although lesser known, is equally notable. He was an amateur painter as early as 1920, exhibiting his first oil sketches at the Hart House Sketch Club in 1925. He had served in the Canadian Medical Corps in WWI where he was wounded, convalescing in England. Upon his return to Canada he sought out A.Y. Jackson, who had heard of, and knowing him to be a War Artist. He wished to purchase a painting, and approached him in his studio. With their common background of similar war experiences and shared enthusiasm for art and the Canadian landscape, they soon formed a strong friendship. Banting also met Lawren Harris about this time, Harris nominating him to membership in the Arts and Letters Club in 1926. Banting was a passionate Canadian and shared the views of the artists of the Group of Seven and being a bachelor, was an ideal sketching companion for Jackson. They would take numerous painting trips together in many regions of Canada. Their journey to the Canadian Arctic and Greenland aboard the Canadian Government supply ship the Beothic in 1927 produced many works, as would their sojourns in the Greater Slave Lake area and Skagway in 1928. Banting found respite from his life as a celebrity doctor while sketching, and a common bond with the equally famous Jackson. Sometimes using alias names, they enjoyed concentrated painting time along the south and north shores of the St. Lawrence and Rimouski Country. Jackson introduced Banting to one his beloved villages: St. Tite-des-Caps, where they painted barns and sheds in classic Group of Seven style. They sketched in Ontario at Georgian Bay and Cobalt, in northern Alberta near Yellowknife and Fort Resolution and further south in Jasper National Park. Banting would sketch on his own as well, returning to Europe in 1933. He executed fine drawings in pencil, charcoal and ink, worked in oil on wood and canvas, and issued serigraphs.

Vowing to retire from medical research at age 50 and paint full time, Banting was tragically killed in an air crash while serving with the Canadian National Defence Associate Committee on Aviation Medical Research in 1941. He was 49. His work was exhibited in a retrospective at Hart House, University of Toronto in 1943, at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Queen’s University, and the Art Gallery of Alberta. He is represented in both public and private collections in Canada.

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Rooftops, Quebec City
25 x 32in 63.5 x 81.3cm
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $70,000 - $90,000 CDN
Sold for:   $76,050 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's Fall 2008 - 2nd Session auction on Wednesday, November 19, 2008



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Honey Harbour
8 1/8 x 10 1/4in 20.6 x 26cm
oil on board

Estimate:  $12,000 - $15,000 CDN
Sold for:   $70,200 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's Spring 2013 - 2nd Session auction on Wednesday, May 15, 2013



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French River
21 1/4 x 26in 54 x 66cm
circa 1930
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $40,000 - $60,000 CDN
Sold for:   $58,500 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's Fall 2013 - 2nd Session auction on Thursday, November 28, 2013



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Village in Winter, St. Fidele, Quebec
8 1/4 x 10 1/2in 21 x 26.7cm
oil on panel

Estimate:  $20,000 - $30,000 CDN
Sold for:   $46,800 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's Spring 2013 - 2nd Session auction on Wednesday, May 15, 2013



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St. Tite des Caps, Quebec
8 1/2 x 10 1/2in 21.6 x 26.7cm
oil on panel

Estimate:  $10,000 - $15,000 CDN
Sold for:   $43,125 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's Fine Canadian Art Spring 2006 auction on Thursday, May 25, 2006



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Burnt Lake, Dorset, Ontario
8 1/2 x 10 1/2in 21.6 x 26cm
oil on board

Estimate:  $15,000 - $20,000 CDN
Sold for:   $40,950 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's May 2013 - 3rd Session auction on Thursday, May 30, 2013



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Methodist Church, Port Hope
11 3/4 x 10in 29.8 x 25.4cm
oil on board

Estimate:  $10,000 - $15,000 CDN
Sold for:   $35,100 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's Fall 2009 - 2nd Session auction on Thursday, November 26, 2009



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Tobin, the South Shore of the St. Lawrence
8 1/2 x 10 1/2in 21.6 x 26.7cm
circa 1927
oil on panel

Estimate:  $15,000 - $20,000 CDN
Sold for:   $34,500 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's Fine Canadian Art Fall 2006 auction on Friday, November 24, 2006



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Ottawa River
8 1/2 x 10 1/2in 21.6 x 26.7cm
oil on board

Estimate:  $6,000 - $10,000 CDN
Sold for:   $32,175 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's May 2013 - 3rd Session auction on Thursday, May 30, 2013



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Village in Snow
10 1/2 x 14in 26.7 x 35.6cm
circa 1930
oil on board

Estimate:  $15,000 - $20,000 CDN
Sold for:   $32,175 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's Fall 2010 - 2nd Session auction on Thursday, November 25, 2010


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