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LOT 171

Frederick Simpson Coburn
1871 - 1960

The Country Doctor
oil on canvas
signed and dated 1945
23 1/4 x 32 1/4 in 59 x 81.9 cm

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000

Sold for: $38,025

Preview at: Heffel Vancouver

By descent to the present Private Collection, Toronto

Evelyn Lloyd Coburn, F.S. Coburn: Beyond the Landscape, 1996, the 1901 illustration entitled Country Doctor reproduced page 78 and a similar 1946 canvas entitled On the Melbourne Road, in the Coburn Collection, reproduced front cover and page 11

This work is a fine example of a favourite theme in Frederick Coburn’s work, that of a country doctor in a red carriole drawn by a white horse through the wintery countryside. Pictorial elements such as the fringe of the blanket draped over the seat ruffling in the breeze and the brilliant red of the carriole and yellow padding under the horse’s collar add visual impact and a jaunty mood to the scene. This subject was developed early in Coburn’s oeuvre, as seen in a 1901 illustration entitled Country Doctor produced for William Henry Drummond’s book about habitant life, Johnnie Courteau and Other Poems. Coburn illustrated a number of books on habitant life by Drummond and Louis Honoré Fréchette, and having been brought up in Upper Melbourne in rural Quebec, this subject was close to his heart. He applied fine techniques acquired in Berlin, London, Paris and Antwerp to his Québécois paintings, as seen in The Country Doctor in his exquisite treatment of clear winter light and sparkling snow streaked with blue shadows.

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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