Lot # 201
WJ Phillips Online auction

Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
ASA CPE CSPWC RCA 1884 - 1963 Canadian

The Pool at Johnson’s Canyon
watercolour on paper
signed and dated 1954 and on verso titled "The Pool" on the exhibition label
18 1/2 x 24 in  47 x 61cm

Provenance:
Acquired directly from the Artist by Donald Cameron, director of the Banff School of Fine Arts from 1936 - 1969
By descent to the present Private Collection, British Columbia

Literature:
Roger Boulet, Walter J. Phillips: The Turbulence and the Tranquility, 1981, pages 158 and 159

Exhibited:
Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, 1957

This fine group of woodcuts and watercolours by Walter J. Phillips was originally acquired by Donald Cameron and passed down through his family. Cameron founded the Banff Arts Centre in 1936, and was the director there until he retired in 1969. Cameron and his family were neighbours and friends with the Phillips family when they lived in Banff. Phillips joined the Banff Summer School as an instructor in 1940, and continued teaching there until 1949, taking his students out into the landscape in good weather to sketch on the spot. In 1946, he built a home in Banff, and he produced a fine body of work based on the stunning Rocky Mountain scenery there. Roger Boulet wrote, “Walter loved Banff. The house on a lower flank of Tunnel Mountain overlooked the town and the Bow Valley and faced the setting sun…Of all sketching locations, Phillips preferred the ‘West Road,' a paved road meandering along the Vermillion Lakes, west of Banff, and leading eventually to Johnson’s Canyon.”

Cameron was also a well known politician, who was appointed to the Senate in 1955.

Estimate:

$15,000 ~ $20,000 CAD

 
Starting Bid: $10,000 CAD
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