David Brown Milne
CGP CSGA CSPWC
1882 - 1953
Channel Sunset, Six Mile Lake, Muskoka, Ontario
oil on canvas, 1935
on verso inscribed "12B" (circled) / ""3 Channel Sunset" (crossed out)
12 1/4 x 14 3/8 in, 31.1 x 36.5 cm
Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000
Sold for: $34,250
Massey Collection, London, 1935
Mrs. P.A. Chester, Winnipeg, 1937
By descent to the present Private Collection
David Milne Jr. and David P. Silcox, David B. Milne: Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings, Volume 2: 1929 - 1953, 1998, reproduced page 601, catalogue #304.19
"One fair [painting] is a sunset. I saw it on my way home from Severn Falls, no material to draw or paint it, and too tired anyway. So I remembered it, and made a pencil drawing later from the same place with a similar sunset."
- David Milne to James Clarke, August 28, 1935
In 1933, David Milne left Palgrave and was searching for a new painting place. Traveling by canoe through the Trent Canal-Severn River system, he ultimately discovered Six Mile Lake, at the southern end of Georgian Bay. It was isolated, with no railway or highway connections, and it was a seven-mile trip to civilized contact - but this isolation was pleasing to Milne. He built a cabin on a granite promontory overlooking the lake, and he stayed there until 1939, painting striking wilderness subjects such as Channel Sunset.
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