Artwork by Doris Jean McCarthy,  Sun Magic (North Lake, Haliburton)

Doris McCarthy
Sun Magic (North Lake, Haliburton)

oil on board
signed lower right; signed, titled and inscribed “Not For Sale” on the reverse
10.5 x 13.5 ins ( 26.7 x 34.3 cms )

Sold for $4,248.00
Sale date: May 28th 2019

Provenance:
Acquired directly from the artist
By descent to the present Private Collection, Ottawa
Doris McCarthy dated this work as 1932 and indicated to the owner of the painting that the composition was painted following a half mile portage near Harburn and that the scene is a “rocky bit, south of Pa Curry’s hunting shack”, during summer. McCarthy also noted that the artwork was painted on a sketching trip with her friend and fellow artist, Ethel Curry.

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Doris Jean McCarthy
(1910 - 2010) RCA, OSA

Born in Calgary, Alberta, McCarthy attended the Ontario College of Art from 1926–1930 where she was awarded various scholarships and prizes. She became a teacher shortly thereafter and taught most frequently at Central Technical School in downtown Toronto from 1932 until she retired in 1972. She spent most of her life living and working in Scarborough, Ontario though she travelled abroad extensively and painted the landscapes of various countries including: Costa Rica, Spain, Italy, Japan, India, England and Ireland. McCarthy was probably best-known for her Canadian landscapes and her depictions of Arctic icebergs.

McCarthy's work has been exhibited and collected extensively in Canada and abroad, in both public and private art galleries including: The National Gallery of Canada, Art Gallery of Ontario, and The Doris McCarthy Art Gallery. McCarthy also penned three autobiographies chronicling the various stages of her life: A Fool in Paradise (Toronto: MacFarlane, Walter & Ross, 1990), The Good Wine (Toronto: MacFarlane, Walter & Ross, 1991), and Ninety Years Wise (Toronto: Second Story Press, 2004). She was also the recipient of the Order of Ontario, the Order of Canada; honorary degrees from the University of Calgary, the University of Toronto, Trent University, the University of Alberta, and Nipissing University; and an honorary fellowship from the Ontario College of Art and Design. She died on November 25, 2010.