LOT 166

Lawren Stewart Harris
1885 - 1970

Mountain Sketch
oil on board, circa 1924
signed and on verso signed, titled and stamped Dominion Gallery
10 1/2 x 13 7/8 in 26.7 x 35.2 cm

Estimate: $80,000 - $120,000

Sold for: $128,700

Preview at: Heffel Vancouver

Dominion Gallery, Montreal, inventory #G1816, acquired April 6, 1955 for $300
Estate of Theodosia Dawes Bond Thornton, Montreal

Theodosia Dawes Bond Thornton, Personal Art Collection Catalogue, reproduced, unpaginated, catalogue #R36
Lisa Christensen, A Hiker’s Guide to the Rocky Mountain Art of Lawren Harris, 2000, a 1924 painting of the same scene by A.Y. Jackson entitled The Ramparts reproduced page 59

In 1924, Lawren Harris and A.Y. Jackson sketched in Jasper National Park’s Tonquin Valley. They had grand hopes that the Canadian National Railway Company would commission a work for a hotel or train station. It was the heyday of railway building in the Rockies, and the competition between companies was fierce. Jackson and Harris sketched a full panorama from Tonquin Hill, including this vista of The Ramparts, the defining mountain feature in the valley. Jackson painted a similar view, now in a private collection, and one can imagine the two working side by side, framing the same scene on their panels. Harris’s depiction of The Ramparts is serene and simple: meadows run in soft bands broken by undulating ridges, the alpine creek is accented with white, echoing the colour of the clouds. Harris’s palette, restricted to a handful of colours, is blended smoothly and directly on the panel, a technique he had mastered. The sheer rock face of The Ramparts is subtly balanced between blue and brown and a blend of the two. Sadly, the CNR commission was never realized.

Estimate: $80,000 - $120,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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