Artwork by George Franklin Arbuckle,  True Lover’s Leap, Newfoundland

Franklin Arbuckle
True Lover’s Leap, Newfoundland

oil on canvas
signed lower right
30 x 40 ins ( 76.2 x 101.6 cms )

Sold for $30,680.00
Sale date: November 28th 2019

Private Collection, Ontario
Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, November 11-30, 1949, no. 3
Royal Canadian Academy of Arts: Seventieth Annual Exhibition, catalogue, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, November 11 to 30, 1949, reproduced, not paginated
Evelyn de R. McMann, Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, Exhibition and Members, 1880-1979, Canada, 1981, listed page 11
“Royal Canadian Academy Opens It’s 70th Exhibition Here”, The Gazette, Montreal, Saturday, November 12, 1949, page 18
A November 1949 article in The Gazette discusses that year’s R.C.A. Exhibition within which this artwork was included (”Royal Canadian Academy Opens its 70th Annual Exhibition Here”), noting the show is “sound in selection and varied its subject matter” and that the exhibition “...which opened last night in the galleries of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is one of the most comprehensive and interesting in recent years.”

The article later lists a selection of artwork featured in the exhibition, pointing to this canvas as “...a powerful painting of massive rocks, landing stage and fishing craft, called ‘True Lover’s Leap, Newfoundland’”.

A print of this artwork was produced, titled on the matting which was included with the reproduction.

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George Franklin Arbuckle
(1909 - 2001) RCA

Arbuckle studied at the Ontario College of Art under J.W. Beatty and J.E.H. MacDonald. He attended summer classes at Franz Johnston's Georgian Bay art school. During the war, he turned his hand to commercial work and became an extremely successful illustrator. His fine art painting encompassed both realism and impressionism. He married Frances-Anne Johnston, artist and daughter of founding Group of Seven member Frank Johnston. He became an associate member of the Royal Canadian Academy in 1936, and a full member in 1945. He served as president of the RCA from 1960 to 1964.