Canadian Art Select

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LOT 98

Lot 98


Lot 98 Details


coloured pencil and graphite
signed and dated 1908; also dated "Jan. 10th, 1908" on the reverse
sheet 16 ins x 30 ins; 40.6 cms x 76.2 cms

Estimate $4,000-$5,000

Realised: $7,800
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

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Marine Museum of Upper Canada, Toronto
Private Collection, St. Catharine's, ON


This ferry was built in 1884 in Port Dalhousie, Ontario for the Hanlan Ferry Company. This small passenger ferry was named after John Hanlan, the father of the famous sculler Ned Hanlan of Toronto.

John Hanlan was a man of many trades, both a fisherman and constable, as well as a hotelier. His family's home was on the land now called Hanlan's Point on the Toronto Island.

The John Hanlan ferry was in service for 45 years, carrying passengers from Toronto to the Toronto Island. Sadly, in 1929, this ferry was towed to Sunnyside Beach Amusement Park and set on fire in order to attract interest in the park.

C.I. Gibbons has depicted the John Hanlan in the rough waters of Lake Ontario near the lighthouse on Hanlan's Point, allowing the legacy of this industrious steamer to live on.


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LOT 98

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  • 5 Stars: Excellent - No discernable damage, flaws or imperfections
  • 4 Stars: Very Good - Minor flaws or imperfections visible only under close inspection using specialised instruments or black light
  • 3 Stars: Good - Minor flaws visible upon inspection under standard lighting
  • 2 Stars: Fair - Exhibits flaws or damage that may draw the eye under standard lighting
  • 1 Star: Poor - Flaws or damage immediately apparent under standard lighting (examples: missing components, rips, broken glass, damaged surfaces, etc.)

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