Lot Sale Results

Frederick Horsman Varley
Fall 2015 - 2nd Session Live auction

Lot # 135

Frederick Horsman Varley
ARCA G7 OSA 1881 - 1969 Canadian

Portrait of a Naval Officer, Harry Kelman
oil on canvas 1943
signed and with the artist's thumbprint and on verso titled Sub-Lieutenant on the Roberts Gallery label, inscribed "Harry Kelman, c. 1943" and stamped twice with the Varley inventory #722
27 1/2 x 21 1/2 in  69.8 x 54.6cm

Provenance:
Roberts Gallery, Toronto
Sold sale of Canadian Art, Joyner Fine Art, November 25, 1987, lot 33
Private Collection

Exhibited:
Canadian National Exhibition, Toronto, 1955

Portraiture was an important part of Frederick Varley's oeuvre, and these works clearly express his intuitive understanding of his subjects, whether they were beautiful women, family members, patrons or military officers. Varley had painted for the Canadian War Records Office during World War I; his fine 1918 portrait of Lieutenant G.B. McKean is in the collection of the Canadian War Museum. In 1942, while living in Ottawa, Varley approached Vincent Massey and Lord Beaverbrook about obtaining a war commission. While he did not receive an official appointment from the Canadian War Artistsí Committee, he was commissioned to do several portraits of military personnel stationed at Kingston, Ontario. While in Kingston, Varley befriended some artists in the Naval Art Services, who invited him to share their studio. In the area at the time was the artist Harry Kelman, who later went overseas with The Navy Show. Although here he is formally dressed in his military clothes and hat, Kelman's pose is informal, and his expressive face indicates a lively and humorous personality. Typical of Varley's approach, this insightful portrait pulses with life and spirit.
Portrait of a Naval Officer, Harry Kelman is #722 in the Varley Inventory listing, titled as Portrait of Harry Kelman (The sublieutenant).

Estimate: $30,000 ~ $50,000 CAD

Sold For: $35,400.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)


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