Figure | Fauna | Flora
8th session

November 03 - November 26, 2022


This session is closed for bidding.
Current bid: $18,000 CAD
Bidding History
Paddle # Date Amount

847336 26-Nov-2022 08:03:26 PM $18,000

14847 26-Nov-2022 08:02:37 PM $17,000

847336 26-Nov-2022 08:02:10 PM $16,000

14847 26-Nov-2022 08:01:15 PM $15,000

847336 26-Nov-2022 08:00:57 PM $14,000

14847 26-Nov-2022 08:00:04 PM $13,000

847336 26-Nov-2022 07:59:45 PM $12,000

14847 26-Nov-2022 07:59:29 PM $11,000

847336 26-Nov-2022 07:59:02 PM $10,000

14847 26-Nov-2022 07:58:10 PM $9,500

847336 26-Nov-2022 07:43:48 PM $9,000

14847 26-Nov-2022 06:17:38 PM $8,500

738 26-Nov-2022 01:32:06 PM $8,000

847009 22-Nov-2022 05:11:35 PM $7,500

2076 08-Nov-2022 04:28:04 PM $7,000

The bidding history list updated on: Tuesday, April 23, 2024 01:33:55

LOT 907

1941 - 2022

Wesleyville Fleet in the Labrador Sea
etching and aquatint on paper
signed, titled, editioned 19/75 and dated 1995
36 x 24 in, 91.4 x 61 cm

Estimate: $8,000 - $12,000 CAD

Sold for: $22,500

Preview at:

Gallery One, Toronto
Private Collection, Toronto

William Gough, David Blackwood: Master Printmaker, 2001, reproduced page x
Katharine Lochnan et al., Black Ice: David Blackwood Prints of Newfoundland, Art Gallery of Ontario, 2011, reproduced plate 60, unpaginated

Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Black Ice: David Blackwood Prints of Newfoundland, February 5 - June 12, 2011, same image, catalogue #60

Within David Blackwood’s rich monument of imagery depicting life on the Labrador Sea, this particular vertical orientation of a humpback whale sounding its tail is a composition he returned to multiple times. At least two large oil tempera paintings of it exist, as well as a large format watercolour and graphite work titled North Atlantic, produced in 2003, and sold by Heffel in May of 2013. This is an image that held the artist’s attention for nearly a decade, and an important example of the whale motif in his work. With the profound size of the whale dwarfing the fleet of schooners, it can be viewed, alongside the other whale works, in the tradition of the Vanitas, instilling humility and awe.

The original purchase of this work stems from a visit by the current owner to the artist’s studio circa 1995, when Blackwood was in the process of completing the plate for this etching. The myth-like imagery was so impactful that a call was immediately placed to reserve an impression when the edition was launched shortly thereafter at Gallery One.

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