Artwork by Alexander Young Jackson,  Go Home Bay

A.Y. Jackson
Go Home Bay

oil on canvas
signed lower right
21 x 25.25 ins ( 53.3 x 64.1 cms )

Sold for $35,400.00
Sale date: November 20th 2018

Purchased directly from the artist (circa 1962)
By descent to the present Private Collection, Ottawa
A.Y. Jackson, A Painter’s Country, Vancouver/Toronto, 1958, page 24
Naomi Jackson Groves, A.Y.’s Canada: Drawings by A.Y. Jackson, Toronto, 1968, page 108
Comprised of a cluster of islands, Go Home Bay afforded Jackson the opportunity to camp, fish and sketch year-round, often settling on the Western Islands. It was in this area where Jackson met Dr. MacCallum, on recommendation from Lawren Harris, in 1913. Dr. MacCallum had a cottage in the area and offered to have Jackson stay, along with financial support on the condition that he take a space in The Studio Building.

A Lieutenant Colonel in the Canadian Army, David Campbell was awarded the task to meet with A.Y. Jackson in order to purchase a painting to hang in the Army Mess in Ottawa. Campbell and his wife, Kay, met with Jackson in Manotick in the early 1960s, choosing a painting for the Army, however they also decided to purchase two paintings from the artist for their home, this painting as well as “Gatineau” (Lot 66 in this auction). The meeting led to a friendship with A.Y. Jackson and his niece, Naomi Jackson Groves, the Campbells often assisting the artist by driving him around the Manotick area to take care of his various errands. Jackson later moved to Kleinburg and David Campbell retired from the Canadian Army into a civilian position just prior to the unification of the three Canadian Armed Forces in early 1968. “Go Home Bay” 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.