LOT 151

1882 - 1974

The Haunted House
oil on canvas
signed and on verso signed, titled, dated October 1958 and inscribed "near East Bolton, Quebec" / "H.U. Ross, 20 Blyth Hill, Toronto" / "NJG 2235"
16 x 20 in 40.6 x 50.8 cm

Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000

Sold for: $31,250

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Acquired directly from the Artist by Harry and Jennie Ross, Toronto
By descent to the present Private Collection, Ontario

In 1958, A.Y. Jackson was working on final preparations for his autobiography, A Painter’s Country, so all his sketching trips that year were within easy distance of Manotick, his home since 1955. From October 5 to 12, he was in Quebec’s Eastern Townships, where he painted the smaller sketch for this scene, sold by Heffel in the fall 2004 live auction. This fine canvas is remarkably faithful to the sketch, although Jackson inserted a trio of crows into the grassy slope below the house, an addition that makes the image more piquant. Both sketch and canvas express his impressions of a breezy fall day with gold and red leaves still clinging to some of the trees. Jackson’s intrinsic sense of rhythm pervades the canvas – in the sinuous curve of the ruts in the road, the sway of low bushes and grasses in the foreground, the arching branches of trees and the dark patches in the sky, which give the impression of movement in the clouds. Jackson must have found this scene a striking and poignant image to have painted this canvas in the studio from his on-the-spot sketch.

Jackson and Jennie Ross were co-owners of a cottage on Lake Superior, where Jackson painted during many summers from 1954 to 1966.

Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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