ALEXANDER YOUNG JACKSON, O.S.A., R.C.A.
PATTERSON SUGAR HOUSE, LACHUTE, QUE, MARCH 1965
oil on panel
signed; also signed, titled, dated and inscribed “Reserved for Mrs. Porter” on the reverse
10.5 ins x 13.5 ins; 26.7 cms x 34.3 cms
Jackson frequently drew inspiration from Quebec, though as William Watson notes, the artist never stayed long in the city on his visits: “...he was generally in a hurry to get to the country and especially so in winter. He loved the old Quebec villages... and made superb rhythms with them.” Jackson’s own recollections of Quebec were fond ones, wherein jugfuls of cream, “chicken and maple syrup were much in evidence.”
Dennis Reid notes that from March 20 until April 12, 1965, A.Y. Jackson was sketching in the Ottawa-Gatineau region while staying in Grenville, Quebec with friends. Given Grenville’s close proximity to Lachute, it seems plausible to surmise that Jackson executed this work during these spring months - sugaring off season.
This lot sold together with a photograph of the artist painting the work.
A.Y. Jackson, A Painter’s Country: The Autobiography of A.Y. Jackson, Clarke, Irwin & Company Limited, Toronto/Vancouver, 1958, page 56.
William R. Watson, Recollections of a Montreal Art Dealer, Toronto, 1974, page 49.
Dennis Reid, Alberta Rhythm: The Later Work of A.Y. Jackson, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, 1982, page 98.
Lawrence T. Porter Collection Sale, Joyner Fine Art, November 1987
Private Collection, U.S.A.