Lot Sale Results

Isabel Grace McLaughlin
March 2014 - 4th Session Online auction

Lot # 348

Isabel Grace McLaughlin
CGP OSA 1903 - 2002 Canadian

City Symphony
oil on canvas circa 1940
signed and on verso titled on a gallery label
24 x 31 1/2 in  61 x 80cm

The Fine Art Galleries, T. Eaton & Co., Toronto
Sold sale of The Contents of Craig and Tarlton Inc., Christie's Auctions, Raleigh, North Carolina, November 5 and 6, 1985, lot 385
Estate of Edna Earle Boykin, Wilson, North Carolina
Private Collection, Toronto

Art Gallery of Toronto, Canadian Group of Painters, February 1942, catalogue #38
National Gallery of Canada, Contemporary Canadian Painting, November 25 - December 31, 1944, traveling to The National Museum of Fine Arts, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, January 9 - February 28, 1945
Adelaide House, Oshawa, April 15 - April 28, 1948
The Fine Art Galleries, T. Eaton & Co., Toronto, Four Women Who Paint, March 22- April 3, 1948
C.N.E. Exhibition, Toronto, August 27 - September 11, 1948, catalogue #91

City Symphony is a fine example of Isabel McLaughlin’s early and ongoing interest in city streets, including those in Toronto, where she first lived while attending the Ontario College of Art. Her approach to this subject, with a nod to Cubism, illustrates both her grounding in figurative art and her desire to join the ranks of modern Canadian painters in the 1930s. It should be noted that she was a founding member of the Canadian Group of Painters in 1933 and served as their first female president.

The exhibition and ownership history of City Symphony is intriguing. One can assume that it was initially purchased around 1948, either from Eaton’s or perhaps from the sale at the CNE, where the annual art exhibitions were much-anticipated events. Somehow it found its way to a high-end antique dealer in Raleigh, North Carolina and then a prominent private collection in Wilson, NC before being repatriated to Toronto.

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

Sold For: $7,605.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)

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