ALC CGP G7 OSA RCA RSA
1882 - 1974
The Home Opposite Bretton Hall Hotel - Port of Spain
oil on board
signed and on verso titled "…Breton [sic]", dated March 20, 1956 and inscribed with the Naomi Jackson Groves Inventory #1554 and variously
10 1/2 x 13 1/2 in, 26.7 x 34.3 cm
Estimate: $12,000 - $16,000
Sold for: $37,250
Collection of the Artist
Collection of Mr. and Mrs. R.E. Dowsett, Ontario
By descent to the present Private Collection, Ontario
The few known examples of A.Y. Jackson’s paintings done while visiting the Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago are dated February through March of 1956. Jackson seems to have been based in the capital of Port of Spain, very possibly at the Bretton Hall Hotel, from where this sketch was produced. The fluid and gestural way Jackson chose to capture the stormy sky and tropical scenery is a fascinating counterpoint to his more typical stylistic choices found in his many depictions of Georgian Bay, Charlevoix and other Canadian locales. These intimate, on-the-spot oil sketches sometimes document quiet moments in the lives of the local residents, and represent a rare and compelling element of Jackson’s non-Canadian work.
This painting’s original owner was R.E. Dowsett, a friend of Robert and Signe McMichael, through whom he was introduced to Jackson. This painting and many others were acquired directly from the artist during their long friendship.
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