Waddington’s Major Fall Auction of Canadian Fine Art

Online Auction: November 13–18, 2021
Previews: November 8–18, 2021


oil on canvas, 32 in x 40 in; 81.3 cm x 101.6 cm
Estimate: $400,000-600,000

We always strive to bring the best of Canadian art to the market—this fall that includes artworks ranging from historical to contemporary, early Modernist to abstraction—sourced from private collections of impeccable provenance from across the country.

We are particularly pleased to offer a major early canvas by Canadian art icon and Group of Seven founding member A.Y. Jackson, and to be able to reveal the painting’s correct, descriptive title intended by the artist. This important work is a result of a 1914 sketching trip to Algonquin Park with Tom Thomson.

The auction also features work by outstanding women artists Emily Carr, Anne Savage, Molly Lamb Bobak, Ethel Seath, Joyce Wieland, Doris McCarthy and others; celebrated contemporary Canadian artists John Hartman, Edward Burtynsky, Steve Driscoll, Michael Awad and Wanda Koop; works from mid-century abstract artist René Marcil and members of the Painters Eleven group including Tom Hodgson, Hortense Gordon, Kazuo Nakamura, and Oscar Cahén.

We invite you to visit our online gallery to discover more through informative essays and additional photographs. You’ll also find a selection of wonderful sculptural works by Marc-Aurèle de Foy Suzor-Coté, Gerald Gladstone, Joe Fafard and Sorel Etrog, as well as rare multiples and works on paper by Walter J. Phillips, Edwin Holgate, Alex Colville, David Lloyd Blackwood—and much more.

We look forward to welcoming you to the gallery to preview the auction (by appointment), or arranging a virtual preview if that’s more convenient. In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or for further information, including detailed condition reports.


oil on paper, laid down on canvas
23.5 in x 35.5 in; 59.7 cm x 90.2 cm
Estimate: $150,000–250,000

Pemberton is an outstanding example of one of the rare, surviving mountain paintings from Carr’s last major painting expedition in 1933. A journal entry aptly captures her excitement: “The settling down in the train with creatures comfortably arranged for and my eyes all agog to absorb scenery. Mountains towering — snow mountains, blue mountains, green mountains, brown mountains, tree-covered, barren rock, cruel mountains with awful waterfalls and chasms and avalanches, tender mountains all shining, spiritual peaks way up among the clouds.”


acrylic on canvas
60 in x 50 in; 152.4 cm x 127 cm
Estimate: $30,000-40,000

Life Stream demonstrates the artist’s keen interest in the materiality of his paintings. Part of a very well-known series of works with the same name; four currently reside in the collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Visit our website to find out more about the auction.

Auction Details
This auction is offered online from Saturday, November 13 at 9 am to Thursday, November 18 at 7 pm ET.

Visit our website to browse the online gallery and to find out how to register and participate in the auction.

Preview by Appointment
We are pleased to welcome you to our gallery for in-person previews November 8 through November 18. We are also happy to provide virtual previews and consultations.

Please contact us to book an appointment or to find out more about the works in the auction. We’re also pleased to provide additional photographs, condition reports and any further information you may require.

We’ve Made Online Bidding Even Easier!
Our new, streamlined bidding process includes great new features. Signing into your account to bid remains the same, but you’ll enjoy the following enhancements:

  • Bidding is integrated into the main site; browse and bid on the same page.
  • Auction closing times listed in your time zone.
  • Enhanced account features

To find out more, view our series of short video tutorials.

Interested in Consigning to Our Auctions?
We’re always interested in discussing consignment opportunities to our auctions and we’re pleased to arrange complimentary, virtual appraisals of quality works of art. Don’t hesitate to contact us to make an appointment.

About Waddington’s
Waddington’s is Canada’s most diversified provider of auction and appraisal services, specializing in Asian, Canadian, Indigenous including First Nations, Inuit and Métis, International and Contemporary Art, as well as Decorative Arts & Design, Fine Jewellery, and Fine Wine & Spirits.

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For more information:
Tess McLean
Tel: 416.504.9100
Email: tm@waddingtons.ca
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