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William Henry Clapp
Fall 2015 - 2nd Session Live auction

Lot # 131

William Henry Clapp
RCA 1879 - 1954 Canadian

Sunset, Incoming Tide
oil on board
signed, dated 1909 and inscribed "Canadian Artists Patriotic Fund, 1915" on a plaque
23 3/8 x 33 1/4 in  59.4 x 84.4cm

Sir John Douglas Hazen, PC KCMG
By descent to the present Private Collection, Ontario

Exhibition of Pictures and Sculpture Given by Canadian Artists in Aid of the Patriotic Fund, Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, 1914, reproduced and listed, unpaginated

Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, Toronto, Exhibition of Pictures and Sculpture Given by Canadian Artists in Aid of the Patriotic Fund, December 30, 1914, traveling to Winnipeg, Halifax, Saint John, Montreal, Ottawa, London and Hamilton, catalogue #61

On verso signed, titled and inscribed "314 St. Catherine St. W., Montreal" on the 1914 Patriotic Fund exhibition label and "Mrs. J.D. Hazen, c/o Hon. J.D. Hazen, Chateau Laurier" on a label
When William Clapp painted this glorious work, he was years ahead of his Canadian contemporaries. Clapp's time in Europe studying the latest techniques preceded a highly successful return to Canada in 1908. In that year he won the prestigious Royal Canadian Academy’s Jessie Dow Prize for the best Canadian painting of the year with a similarly colourful canvas entitled Spanish Garden, now in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada. Sunset, Incoming Tide was painted while the artist was based in Montreal, and it is an extraordinarily beautiful Impressionist painting. It was shown in 1914 to 1915 across Canada as part of a selling exhibition of works given by artists in aid of the Canadian Patriotic Fund for soldiers’ dependants from the First World War. It was acquired by New Brunswick politician Sir John Douglas Hazen, Minister of Fisheries and then Minister of the Naval Service in the government of Sir Robert Borden, and has remained in the family’s collection until now - this is the first time it has been seen in public for over 100 years.

Estimate: $20,000 ~ $30,000 CAD

Sold For: $76,700.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)

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