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LOT 122

Randolph Stanley Hewton
1888 - 1960

Looking Towards Murray Bay, PQ
oil on canvas
signed and on verso signed, titled and dated indistinctly
12 x 14 in 30.5 x 35.6 cm

Estimate: $10,000 - $12,000

Sold for: $17,550

Preview at: Heffel Vancouver

Canadian Fine Arts, Toronto
Private Collection, Toronto

Victoria Baker, Modern Colours: The Art of Randolph Stanley Hewton, 1888 - 1960, Art Gallery of Hamilton, 2002, page 17

Randolph Hewton trained in France along with Group of Seven artist A.Y. Jackson. When they returned to Montreal in 1913 and had their first exhibition, Jackson wrote, “While we were not very radical we were exponents of French Art which was not popular at that time in Montreal.” Although they may not have been wild radicals, they were decidedly on the side of the modernists. Hewton became one of the members of the Beaver Hall Group in Montreal and was considered to be a formative influence in the lives of Beaver Hall women artists Prudence Heward, Sarah Robertson and Nora Collyer. He traveled on sketching trips with Jackson in the Quebec countryside, and was invited to show in the first Group of Seven exhibition in 1920. As well as painting landscapes, Hewton was one of the few Canadian painters of the time to paint nudes. His landscapes had a strength of composition, freshness of colour and simplicity of form, all manifest in Looking Towards Murray Bay, PQ, with its sun-drenched fields and euphoric view of the sea under a glorious sky.

Estimate: $10,000 - $12,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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