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LOT 125

Edwin Headley Holgate
1892 - 1977

oil on panel
initialed and on verso signed, titled, dated 1930, inscribed with the Dominion Gallery inventory #2394 and stamped Dominion Gallery
8 1/2 x 10 1/2 in 21.6 x 26.7 cm

Estimate: $80,000 - $100,000

Sold for: $93,600

Preview at: Heffel Vancouver

Dominion Gallery, Montreal
Private Collection

Edwin Holgate’s depiction of the Canadian landscape extended from British Columbia’s Skeena River area to the remote fishing villages of Labrador and Quebec. He twice visited the township of Natashquan, on the north shore of the Jacques Cartier Strait on the Gulf of Saint Lawrence. A traditional Acadian fishing village settled in 1855, its quaint red-roofed, white-sided shacks – called Magasins du Galet and also known as The Rollers – were built specifically to prepare the abundant fish that were caught in the Gulf. Holgate was on his way to Labrador when he first stopped at Natashquan in 1930. He painted several sketches of these picturesque shacks and the nearby village, showing white buildings that sit in jaunty contrast to the exposed sandy bluffs and the deep blue of the waters of the Saint Lawrence, choppy in the distance, perhaps dotted with ice. He would visit again in 1932. These Magasins du Galet are now a historic site and look much the same as they did when Holgate painted there.

Estimate: $80,000 - $100,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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