The Art of David Blackwood
4th session

February 02 - February 23, 2023


This session is closed for bidding.
Current bid: $6,500 CAD
Bidding History
Paddle # Date Amount

34750 23-Feb-2023 03:45:28 PM $6,500

823687 23-Feb-2023 03:45:15 PM $6,000 AutoBid

34750 23-Feb-2023 03:45:15 PM $5,500

823687 23-Feb-2023 03:44:14 PM $5,000 AutoBid

34750 23-Feb-2023 03:44:14 PM $4,750

823687 22-Feb-2023 09:44:29 AM $4,500

34750 11-Feb-2023 06:23:39 PM $4,250

22565 11-Feb-2023 06:23:14 PM $4,000 AutoBid

34750 11-Feb-2023 06:23:14 PM $3,750

22565 11-Feb-2023 06:19:29 PM $3,500 AutoBid

34750 11-Feb-2023 06:19:29 PM $3,250

22565 09-Feb-2023 11:53:04 AM $3,000 AutoBid

34750 08-Feb-2023 05:23:37 PM $2,750

22565 08-Feb-2023 05:23:32 PM $2,500 AutoBid

34750 08-Feb-2023 05:23:32 PM $2,250

22565 08-Feb-2023 05:23:28 PM $2,000 AutoBid

34750 08-Feb-2023 05:23:28 PM $1,900

22565 08-Feb-2023 05:23:11 PM $1,800 AutoBid

34750 08-Feb-2023 05:23:11 PM $1,700

22565 08-Feb-2023 02:41:35 PM $1,600 AutoBid

34750 04-Feb-2023 06:44:40 AM $1,500

The bidding history list updated on: Sunday, April 21, 2024 10:55:12

LOT 315

1941 - 2022

A-10 #2
oil monotype on paper
signed and dated 2001
9 x 12 in, 22.9 x 30.5 cm

Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000 CAD

Sold for: $8,125

Preview at:

Private Collection, California

The A-10 suite by David Blackwood, Aequanimitas Inc., 2001, reproduced page 10

The International Code:

Joining the Canadian Federation in 1949 posed a problem for the master mariners of Newfoundland. They were now required to meet standard regulations of the Canadian Department of Transport in Ottawa. Generations of Blackwoods had navigated the ice filled waters of the Labrador Sea in schooners, and commanded ships searching for seals in the North Atlantic. These veteran seaman were now required to fill out applications and write examinations in order to obtain their master's "ticket". There was a period of grace, but by 1950 my father set about to prepare himself for this ordeal. Part of the federal government exam included the traditional flag signal system known as "the international code". To learn international code, my father created a complete set of flags in the form of playing cards. I remember each flag being carefully drawn in pencil on the blank inside surfaces of cereal box cardboard. Wax crayons were used to give each flag its distinctive pattern of colour. The reverse sides were marked with the corresponding letter for each flag, from A to Z and the numerals 1 through 10.

Having spent summers with my father aboard the schooner "Flora S. Nickerson", I had already learned to "read" the compass and manage the helm in the wheelhouse. It was now suggested that I should add the International Code and be prepared for "when the time comes".

Flags were very much a part of my Newfoundland childhood. In Bonavista North they were strung out to celebrate every special event, important arrivals and departures. Flags were flown and guns were fired to welcome political candidates, to indicate meetings and concerts, and to signal the hauling of a house. Every family home owned a flagpole and a death in the community would result in hundreds of flags flown at half mast as a sign of respect for the deceased.

-David Blackwood, Port Hope, 1998

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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