Helen Galloway McNicoll

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Helen Galloway McNicoll

1879 - 1915
ARCA RBA

One of the foremost Canadian female practitioners of Impressionism in her time, Helen Galloway McNicoll is known for her sunlight-infused genre paintings of women and children in rural environments.

Born in Toronto in 1879, her family later moved to Montreal where she studied painting under William Brymner at the Art Association of Montreal.

McNicoll was unique in relation to other female artists at the time, as being the daughter of the vice president of the Canadian Pacific Railway, she was able to further her art education by traveling to England to study at both the Slade School of Art in London and at St. Ives in Cornwall, and to divide the duration of her lifetime between Montreal and England. It was in England that McNicoll met British Impressionist Dorothea Sharp, with whom she was to develop a close and long-lasting friendship.

One of the few artists during an age of artistic experimentation to paint using the fresh, clear chromatics and anecdotal themes associated with Impressionism, McNicoll exhibited with the Royal Society of British Artists beginning in 1913, becoming a full member of the society in the same year. In Canada, McNicoll was elected a member of the RCA in 1914, after having shown her work with the academy since 1906.

Particularly adept at capturing tranquility, McNicoll’s paintings were renowned for their portrayals of contemporary life imbued with an atmosphere of peace and stillness. It has been speculated that this heightened visual perception may have been a result of her deafness caused by a bout of scarlet fever in childhood.

In 1915 McNicoll’s career and life was cut short by illness, and she passed away at the young age of 35 from the effects of diabetes.



Heffel's Top Results

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Watching the Boat
25 1/4 x 30 1/4in 64.1 x 76.8cm
circa 1912
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $125,000 - $175,000 CDN
Sold for:   $603,750 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's Fine Canadian Art Spring 2008 auction on Thursday, May 22, 2008



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The Avenue
38 1/4 x 31 1/4in 97.1 x 79.4cm
circa 1912
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $60,000 - $80,000 CDN
Sold for:   $322,000 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's Fine Canadian Art Fall 2004 auction on Thursday, November 25, 2004



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The Blue Sea (On the Beach at St. Malo)
20 1/4 x 24in 51.4 x 61cm
circa 1914
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $125,000 - $175,000 CDN
Sold for:   $315,900 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's Spring 2010 - 2nd Session auction on Wednesday, May 26, 2010



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Reaping Time
25 x 30 1/4in 63.5 x 76.8cm
circa 1909
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $150,000 - $200,000 CDN
Sold for:   $299,000 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's Fine Canadian Art Fall 2005 auction on Thursday, November 24, 2005



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A Welcome Breeze
20 x 24in 50.8 x 61cm
circa 1909
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $200,000 - $250,000 CDN
Sold for:   $287,500 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's Fine Canadian Art Fall 2006 auction on Friday, November 24, 2006



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Easter Lilies
21 1/4 x 17 1/8in 54 x 43.5cm
circa 1907
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $175,000 - $225,000 CDN
Sold for:   $280,800 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's Spring 2012 - 2nd Session auction on Thursday, May 17, 2012



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Children by Stream
20 x 24in 50.8 x 61cm
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $150,000 - $200,000 CDN
Sold for:   $276,000 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's Fine Canadian Art Spring 2007 auction on Wednesday, May 23, 2007



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Picking Fruit
32 x 26in 81.3 x 66cm
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $250,000 - $300,000 CDN
Sold for:   $276,000 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's Fine Canadian Art Fall 2006 auction on Friday, November 24, 2006



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Market in Brittany
32 x 26in 81.3 x 66cm
circa 1913
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $200,000 - $300,000 CDN
Sold for:   $234,000 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's Spring 2011 - 2nd Session auction on Tuesday, May 17, 2011



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By the River
30 x 25in 76.2 x 63.5cm
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $125,000 - $175,000 CDN
Sold for:   $222,300 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's Spring 2010 - 2nd Session auction on Wednesday, May 26, 2010


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