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Alexander Colville

Alexander Colville

Alexander Colville
November 2016 - 5th Session Online auction

Lot # 304

Alexander Colville
PC CC 1920 - 2013 Canadian

The Bay of Naples
watercolour and ink drawing
signed and dated August 20, 1944
15 x 22 in  38.1 x 55.9cm

Provenance:
By descent to the present Private Estate

In 1942, Alex Colville enlisted in the Canadian Armoured Corps, and in spring of 1944, he was assigned as an official Canadian war artist, one of a group of officers appointed to record the events of World War II. After training in England, he boarded the HMCS Prince David, and accompanied crew and commandos on exercises and raids into France and the Mediterranean. Colville's perspective of this scene is from the ship, and he included the nautical paraphernalia on its deck and a gun mount. The HMCS David lies at dock, in a peaceful pause from its war activities, and Colville captured this typical sunny day on the Mediterranean with a light, bright palette. The artist's mastery of watercolour is truly impressive in this finely detailed scene.

Estimate: $15,000 ~ $20,000 CAD

Sold For: $16,520.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)


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