Artwork by Peter Clapham Sheppard,  Edge of Town
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Consignor Canadian Fine Art
326 Dundas St West
Toronto ON M5T 1G5
Ph. 1(416)479-9703

Lot #32

P.C. Sheppard
Edge of Town

oil on canvas
signed lower right; titled on the stretcher and the artist’s estate stamp on the reverse
30 x 36 ins ( 76.2 x 91.4 cms )

Estimated: $25,000.00 - $35,000.00

Provenance:
The Estate of the artist
Private Collection, Ontario
Studying under John William Beatty at the Central Ontario School of Art and Design between 1912 and 1914, P.C. Sheppard shared his teacher’s mission to create a distinctly Canadian school of art. He put this mission into practice during his influential painting career, together with the members of the Group of Seven. A close associate and friend of the Group, P.C. Sheppard frequently accompanied his fellow painters on sketching expeditions in the city of Toronto and its environs, as well as deeper into the Canadian wilderness.

“Edge of Town” portrays the outskirts of historic Toronto in this exquisite canvas. Sheppard first painted a small oil sketch of the scene (lot 33 in this auction), in a pleasing palette of greens, pinks and blues, capturing the streams of light beaming down through the clouds onto the houses on the sloping land. His light, impressionist handling of the oil paint attests to the spontaneity of sketching with oil en plein-air. The larger, final canvas version depicts an even more luminous and detailed rendering of the town; Sheppard added details such as the perspective reaching beyond the hill into the horizon, as well as small groups of figures walking along the paths.

The vibrant colours and bold brushwork of “Edge of Town” resemble the early representations of Toronto’s periphery by Lawren Harris, A.Y. Jackson and other prominent modernist landscape painters of the period. The canvases exhibited in early shows of Sheppard and the Group of Seven usually display heavy impasto and bright colours, with attention placed on surface patterning, as evidenced in “Edge of Town”. The artists shared a preference to shift emphasis away from similitude toward the a more subjective expression of their feelings for their chosen subject.
Sale Date: May 29th 2018

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Peter Clapham Sheppard
(1882 - 1965) OSA, RCA

Peter Clapham Sheppard was born in Toronto on October 21, 1881. He apprenticed at engraving houses such as at Rolph, Clark, Stone Ltd. in Toronto, where he became a highly skilled lithographer. He received his art training at the Central Ontario School of Art and Design and the Ontario College of Art under George Reid, John William Beatty, and William Cruickshank. Between 1912 and 1914, he obtained nine Honours Diplomas for for painting and drawing and was awarded the Sir Edmund Walker Scholarship and the Stone Scholarship (Life Classes).

After 1912, Sheppard travelled extensively throughout Europe and the United States. He was elected a member of the Ontario Society of Artists in 1918 and an Associate of the Royal Canadian Academy in 1929. His works were shown in many of the annual R.C.A., O.S.A. and C.N.E. exhibitions, along side works by Tom Thomson, Frederick Varley and J.E.H. MacDonald. His artworks were also included in The British Empire Exhibition, Wembley 1925, L’Exposition D’Art Canadien, Paris 1927, The Exhibition of Contemporary Canadian Painting (Southern Dominions) 1936 and The World’s Fair, New York 1939. Sheppard’s work is held in collections including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Canadian War Museum and the National Gallery of Canada.

In 2010, Sheppard’s works were prominently featured in the “Defiant Spirits” exhibition at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg, Ontario, curated by noted Canadian author Ross King. Powerful images such as “The Building of the Bloor Street Viaduct (1916)”, “Toronto Gasworks, (1912)” and “The Engine Home, (1919)” attested to Sheppard’s unchronicled contribution to modernism and to the city of Toronto in the formative years of its art history. P.C. Sheppard’s artwork is visible at the thirty-three second mark within this “Group of Seven: Defiant Sprits Exhibition” video - http://goo.gl/FS4C7x

(Source: The Estate of the Artist)