Lot # 143
Fall 2016 - 3rd Session Live auction

James Edward Hervey (J.E.H.) MacDonald
ALC CGP G7 OSA RCA 1873 - 1932 Canadian

Algoma
oil on board
initialed and on verso signed, titled, dated 1920 and inscribed "#258" and "#1498" (crossed out)
8 1/2 x 10 1/2 in  21.6 x 26.7cm

Provenance:
Laing Galleries, Toronto
By descent to the present Private Collection, Calgary

Literature:
A.Y. Jackson, A Painter's Country: The Autobiography of A.Y. Jackson, 1958, page 45

This delightful oil sketch by J.E.H. MacDonald, jaunty, bright and cheerful, was painted in 1920, an auspicious time in the history of the Group of Seven, and depicts a location that is synonymous with their name. The verdant region of Algoma in northern Ontario was a crucial painting place for most of the Group’s members at this time. The focus of their boxcar trips and expeditions along the Algoma Central Railway to Mongoose Lake, it is a location recalled with great fondness in letters and diaries by the various combinations of painters who were there over the course of a few years. So prominent was the region in their collective oeuvre and in their exhibitions at the time, that they were referred to as “The Algoma Group” before taking on the official name of the Group of Seven in March of 1920. Fellow Group artist A.Y. Jackson referred to Algoma as “MacDonald’s country,” writing in his autobiography, “He was awed and thrilled by the landscape of Algoma and he got the feel of it in his painting.”

Estimate: $90,000 ~ $120,000 CAD  
Sold for: $80,000 CAD (including Buyer's Premium)

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