ROBERT WAKEHAM PILOT, P.R.C.A.
MARKET SLEIGHS: ST LOUIS GATE (QUEBEC CITY)
oil on panel
10.5 ins x 13.5 ins; 25.4 cms x 34.3 cms
A.K. Prakash notes: “In 1925 (Robert Pilot) was elected an associate member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. William Watson, then Montreal’s foremost art dealer, agreed to represent him and gave him the first of many solo exhibitions at his gallery in 1927.”
While this work is not dated, it bears a label from the Watson Gallery that would date it to circa 1927, the year of Pilot’s inaugural solo exhibition. It reads: “The present exhibition is Mr. Pilot’s first one-man show... we feel sure the discerning picture-lover will appreciate a distinctive Canadian atmosphere in these works and will conclude that here is a young artist who, in the parlance of the studio, has certainly ‘arrived’.”
Watson also references the one-man exhibition he gave Pilot in 1927 in his memoirs.
William Watson, Retrospective: Recollections of a Montreal Art Dealer, University of Toronto Press, 1974, page 48.
A.K. Prakash, Impressionism in Canada: A Journey of Rediscovery, Arnoldshche Art Publishers, Stuttgart, 2015, page 622.
Watson Art Galleries, Montreal
Private Collection, Ontario