Lot # 020
Canadian Post~War & Contemporary Art Live auction

Alexander Colville
PC CC 1920 - 2013 Canadian

PT "Little Poison" 210
graphite on paper
signed, titled and dated 7 August 1944
14 x 20 in  35.6 x 50.8cm

Acquired directly from the Artist as a gift
By descent to a Private Collection, Halifax
Zwicker's Gallery, Halifax
Private Collection, Toronto

Graham Metson and Cheryl Lean, Alex Colville: Diary of a War Artist, 1981, page 40

During World War II, Alex Colville was chosen to be an official war artist. While in London, he was assigned to the HMCS Prince David to go on a landing craft assault operation in July of 1944. The ship sailed to the Mediterranean, where it was to carry out night training manoeuvres. It arrived in Agripoli, in the Gulf of Sorrento, on August 1. Colville kept a diary, and in his entry on the seventh of August he notes, “The French troops came aboard in the morning. The ship is overflowing with French Army officers, French Naval officers, U.S. Army and Navy Officers, Royal Marine officers and so on. There is great activity...” The PT (Patrol Torpedo) boat Little Poison #210 depicted here was an American vessel - small, fast, and armed with torpedoes and depth charges. Typical of Colville's realist approach, his depiction of the PT boat is meticulous, its equipment on deck rendered with an exquisite sense of line. Colville's important contribution as a war artist is documented in the Canadian War Museum, which holds his works in its collection.

Estimate: $15,000 ~ $20,000 CAD  
Sold for: $15,340 CAD (including Buyer's Premium)

All prices are in Canadian Dollars.

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