Lot # 102
Fine Canadian Art Live auction

David Brown Milne
CGP CSGA CSPWC 1882 - 1953 Canadian

St. Michael's Cathedral
colour drypoint on Whatman wove paper
signed and editioned 10/53 and on verso signed, titled, dated 1943 on the original backing and inscribed "E261," "State IVa" in ink and "2 plate" in graphite on the work
7 3/8 x 8 1/2 in  18.7 x 21.6cm

Douglas Duncan Picture Loan Society, Toronto
Private Collection, Toronto
A gift to the present Private Collection, Vancouver

Rosemarie L. Tovell, Reflections in a Quiet Pool: The Prints of David Milne, National Gallery of Canada, 1980, page 202, state VII reproduced page 202, and the different states described page 203
David Milne Jr. and David P. Silcox, David B. Milne: Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings, Volume 2: 1929 - 1953, 1998, the 1940 watercolour entitled St. Michael’s Cathedral I, in the collection of the Owens Art Gallery at Mount Allison University, Sackville, reproduced page 709, catalogue #401.49: the 1940 watercolour entitled St. Michael’s Cathedral II, in the collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, reproduced page 710, catalogue #401.50, and the 1943 canvas entitled St. Michael’s Cathedral III, in the collection of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, reproduced page 819, catalogue #404.15

From February to May of 1943, David Milne executed seven states in colour drypoint within an edition of 53 depicting St. Michael’s Cathedral, located at Bond and Shuter Streets in Toronto. While living in Toronto during 1940, he had already produced two watercolours of this image, both in public collections. In May of 1943, he produced a canvas of this image, which is in the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. This drypoint is state IV, which is noted as encompassing edition numbers 4 to 13, and showing five different colour variations. This edition #10 is the rare two-plate impression, as noted by Rosemarie Tovell in her book Reflections in a Quiet Pool, with black, French Ultramarine and Chinese Vermilion colouration. St. Michael's Cathedral was the last of Milne's published prints, and Tovell praises it as “perhaps the masterpiece of all the colour drypoints…..Drypoint line and burr elegantly and harmoniously articulate the style of neo-gothic architecture.”
Inscribed on the original backing of this work is "c/o Douglas Duncan, 3 Charles Street West, Toronto and 2-plate, 3 colour dry point (The 1st plate is inked with black, then wiped and re-inked with blue), 53 print, this is State IVa."

Estimate: $20,000 ~ $30,000 CAD  
Sold for: $23,600 CAD (including Buyer's Premium)

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