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David Brown Milne
Fall 2015 - 2nd Session Live auction

Lot # 107

David Brown Milne
CGP CSGA CSPWC 1882 - 1953 Canadian

St. Michael's Cathedral
colour drypoint on Whatman wove paper 1943
signed and editioned 11/53 and on verso inscribed "State IV/E262"
7 3/8 x 8 1/2 in  18.7 x 21.6cm

Provenance:
Private Collection, Toronto

Literature:
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, catalogue #82, 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, reproduced page 709, catalogue #401.49; the 1940 watercolour entitled St. Michael’s Cathedral II, in the collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario, 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, reproduced page 819, catalogue #404.15

David Milne began working in colour drypoint in 1922, and he produced an extraordinary body of work in this medium. From February to May of 1943, Milne executed seven states of this image 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 was produced in five different colour variations. Not only did Milne change his colour schemes, the manner in which he inked and wiped his plates made each impression within the edition a unique work of art. St. Michael's Cathedral was the last of Milne's published prints, and Rosemarie 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.”

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

Sold For: $18,199.14 CAD (including buyer's premium)


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