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Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips

Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips

Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
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Lot # 111

Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
ASA CPE CSPWC RCA 1884 - 1963 Canadian

Jim King’s Wharf
colour woodcut 1927
signed and signed in the block, titled, editioned 75/100 and inscribed "Alert Bay, BC"
10 3/4 x 8 in  27.3 x 20.3cm

Provenance:
Private Collection, Prince Edward Island

Literature:
Duncan Campbell Scott, Walter J. Phillips, 1947, reproduced page 23
Michael J. Gribbon, Walter J. Phillips, 1978, reproduced page 61, figure 37, the graphite drawing and the on-the-spot watercolour and graphite sketch for the print reproduced page 59 and the detailed watercolour and graphite sketch for the work reproduced page 60
Roger Boulet, Walter J. Phillips: The Complete Graphic Works, 1981, reproduced page 285
Roger Boulet, The Tranquility and the Turbulence, 1982, reproduced page 107 and the 1926 drawing and 1927 watercolour related to this work reproduced page 106
Jay Stewart, Peter Macnair et al, Emily Carr: New Perspectives on a Canadian Icon, National Gallery of Canada, 2006, reproduced page 112

One of Walter J. Phillips’s most sought-after woodcuts, Jim King’s Wharf, Alert Bay was produced from his 1927 trip to the West Coast. Phillips fluidly captured the atmosphere of this small coastal town, where the wharf was the hub of life with its comings and goings of boats, native canoes and coastal steamers. On the shore end of the wharf was the store of Chinese merchant Jim King, and the view of Johnstone Strait plied with varied boat traffic to the mountains of Vancouver Island was a stunning one. Phillips’s careful preparation for this woodcut involved an on-the-spot watercolour and graphite sketch, a graphite study to assess the pattern of the key-block, and a detailed watercolour and graphite sketch.

The National Gallery of Canada has an impression of this colour woodcut in its collection.

Estimate: $8,000 ~ $12,000 CAD

Sold For: $10,000.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)


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