LOT 104

1891 - 1941

Lake in the Rockies
oil on board, circa 1934
signed and on verso stamped with the authenticity stamp of Henrietta E. Banting, dated Oct. 3, 1979, and inscribed D.B. Mansur, Executor, Estate of H.B. Banting
10 3/8 x 13 1/2 in, 26.4 x 34.3 cm

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000 CAD

Sold for: $52,250

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Collection of the Artist
Estate of Dr. Henrietta Banting
Canadian Paintings, Drawings, Watercolours, Prints and Books of the 19th and 20th Centuries, Sotheby's Canada, May 3, 1983, lot 145
Private Collection, Ontario

Although the life of Dr. Frederick Banting is well documented, it is unknown whether his close friend and frequent sketching partner A.Y. Jackson was with Banting when he painted this striking en plein air oil sketch. The influence of Jackson can often be sensed in Banting’s paintings, although this example brings to mind another member of the Group of Seven—Lawren Harris. It bears a strong resemblance to Harris’s sketch Maligne Lake, Jasper Park, painted in 1924, which was the basis for the magnificent canvas of the same title in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada. This aesthetic touchstone is interesting, in that Banting was not initially enamoured of Harris’s approach. In fact, the pair first met because of Banting’s negative response to one of Harris’s stylized Lake Superior landscapes. Serendipitously, Banting’s ophthalmologist was none other than Dr. James MacCallum, friend and patron to the Group of Seven and Tom Thomson. He encouraged Banting to seek out Harris and discuss directly with the artist the work he had seen, thereby connecting two of the greatest creative minds of their time.

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000 CAD

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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