CPE CSGA CSPWC OSA RCA
1941 - 2022
etching and aquatint on paper
signed, titled, editioned 3/25 and dated 1975
9 3/4 x 5 3/4 in, 24.8 x 14.6 cm
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,500 CAD
Sold for: $1,250
Purchased directly from the Artist, December 1979
Private Collection, Ontario
Mummering is a Newfoundland tradition passed down from the earliest British and Irish colonial settlers. Taking place over the 12 days of Christmas, masked and cloaked visitors call on their neighbours, only speaking once identified. Food and drink are supplied, and the Mummers are expected to entertain their hosts. This Yuletide loosening of societal rules and conventions could serve as an important outlet for strict Methodist communities like Wesleyville of the 1940s and 50s, and David Blackwood explored the imagery of Mummering throughout his career.
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