Fine Canadian Art
2nd Session

May 06 - May 27, 2021

Current bid: $15,000 CAD
Bidding History
Paddle # Date Amount

325448 27-May-2021 02:22:36 PM $15,000

816427 27-May-2021 05:19:48 AM $14,000

34092 23-May-2021 05:23:53 AM $13,000

325448 20-May-2021 08:10:03 AM $12,000 AutoBid

34092 20-May-2021 08:10:03 AM $11,000

325448 20-May-2021 08:09:28 AM $10,000 AutoBid

34092 20-May-2021 08:09:28 AM $9,500

325448 20-May-2021 08:08:33 AM $9,000 AutoBid

34092 20-May-2021 08:08:33 AM $8,500

325448 07-May-2021 09:44:45 PM $8,000

The bidding history list updated on: Monday, June 21, 2021 03:58:39

LOT 325

1884 - 1963

Peggy's Cove
watercolour on paper
signed and dated 1956 and on verso titled on the gallery label
14 x 21 in, 35.6 x 53.3 cm

Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000

Sold for: $18,750

Preview at: Heffel Calgary

Canadian Art Galleries, Calgary
Private Collection, British Columbia
Sold sale of Fine Canadian Art, Heffel Fine Art Auction House, August 29, 2013, lot 4
Private Collection, Calgary

Originally from England, Walter J. Phillips was steeped in the great tradition of British watercolourists such as David Cox and John Sell Cotman. Before immigrating to Canada in 1912, he undertook sketching trips throughout England and held two exhibitions of his watercolours in Salisbury. Once in Canada, Phillips settled in Winnipeg and set to painting the surrounding landscape. In his unpublished manuscript Wet Paint, Phillips describes the Canadian atmosphere as clear and dry, and his watercolours changed in response to it. Phillips was a champion of beauty in nature, and his body of work in watercolour is renowned for its allure of image and for its technical accomplishment. Phillips's refined use of transparent washes, which defined form and atmospheric effects, captured the clarity of light that is so distinctive in Canadian landscape.

This fine large format watercolour depicts the iconic lighthouse at Peggy’s Point in Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia. Built in 1914, it sits atop a rugged granite outcrop, and has endured the powerful crash of Atlantic surf during many winter storms. Phillips’s masterful hand with watercolour is in full evidence here, from the deft handling of texture and patterning in the rocks to delicate washes defining sand and sky. His eye for the dynamics of composition manifests in his highlighting of the lighthouse against a pale sky, and the strength of the granite outcropping on which it stands. Phillips lived in both Winnipeg and Banff, and painted primarily the Prairies, Lake of the Woods, the Rockies and the West Coast. Peggy’s Cove is a rare and splendid depiction of the East Coast.

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