Artwork by James Wilson Morrice,  Riverside Promenade

J.W. Morrice
Riverside Promenade

black chalk on paper
signed lower right; F.R. Heaton estate stamp and an unfinished sketch (“Head of a Man”) on the reverse
6 x 10.75 ins ( 15.2 x 27.3 cms ) ( sheet )

Auction Estimate: $4,000.00$3,000.00 - $4,000.00

Price Realized $7,080.00
Sale date: September 24th 2020

Collection of F.R. Heaton
Collection of Gerald Moses, Toronto
Estate of Barbara Mercer, Toronto
Jerrold A. Morris, “100 Years of Canadian Drawings”, Methuen, 1980, reproduced page 53
This Morrice drawing is unique in his oeuvre; the closest example, a “Street Scene”, drawn in charcoal on laid paper, belongs to the Musée national des Beaux-Arts du Québec and is quite different: it is a city scene, while here we are on a country path high above a large river (the Seine?). In both cases, though, the artist has cut down and re-used an earlier drawing: here the back shows the head of a man, there a portion of a male nude. These old drawings could date from Morrice’s early months in Europe, but the rectos, which cannot be localized, are also more difficult to date. If the street scene is mirrored in a 1897 sketchbook, the present drawing has no counterpart.

We extend our thanks to Lucie Dorais, Canadian art historian and author of “J.W. Morrice” (National Gallery of Canada, 1985) for contributing the preceding paragraph.

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James Wilson Morrice
(1865 - 1924) RCA

James Wilson Morrice, Canadian painter, was born in Montreal in 1865. Abandoning law, he went to Paris where he studied painting. He visited Venice, Trinidad, Tunis, and periodically returned to Canada. Admired for his subtle colouring and delicate rendering of landscapes, Morrice greatly influenced younger Canadian artists.