Lot #52

A.Y. Jackson
Road Over Cap Tourmente (The St. Lawrence)

pen and ink on card
signed with initials lower right, inscribed “The St. Lawrence” upper right, inscribed “S.S.” in lower and left margins; titled and inscribed “Illustration for The St. Lawrence (Beston), Rivers of America”, “Jackson” and “F & R” on the reverse
4.75 x 7.5 ins ( 12.1 x 19.1 cms ) ( sheet )

Sold for $3,450.00
Sale date: May 25th 2017

Provenance:
Acquired directly from the artist
By descent to the current Private Collection, Toronto

Literature:
Henry Beston, illustrated by A.Y. Jackson, Rivers of America: The St. Lawrence, Toronto, 1942, reproduced page 214
Sketched by Jackson as one of the illustrations for 1942’s “Rivers of America: The St. Lawrence”, this artwork shares compositional similarities with a number of the painter’s most celebrated works from the 1930s. The viewer is invited to share the journey of the two sets of horses-and-sleighs making their way along the winding road, to their destination, the village become increasingly dense with homes as we move towards the rolling hill at the end of the road, the valley likely wrapping around a small town beyond our gaze. Pencil notations remain in the margins of the drawing with the title written along the upper right edge of the support.

This artwork was a gift to the editor of “The St. Lawrence” during the early 1940s and has remained in the family until this offering.

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Alexander Young Jackson
(1882 - 1974) Group of Seven, OSA, RCA

Born in Montreal, Alexander Young Jackson left school at the age of twelve and began work at a Montreal printing firm. In 1906, he undertook art studies at the Art Institute in Chicago. The following year he enrolled at the Academie Julian in Paris and remained in France until 1912. During this period his painting was strongly influenced by the Impressionists. After his return to Canada, Jackson took up residence in Montreal and made many sketching trips to the surrounding countryside. Harris and MacDonald were impressed by Jackson's work and, in 1913, persuaded him to move to Toronto. Jackson's great sense of adventure carried him from the east coast across Canada to the Rocky Mountains of the west. He made regular sketching trips to Quebec every spring and travelled to the far regions of Canada during the summer, including the Canadian Arctic. In the fall he would return to the Studio Building in Toronto (where he lived until 1955), spending the winters painting canvases. He continued this active lifestyle until he was in his eighties.