Canadian Fine Art Auction

May 25, 2015

LOT 26
NICHOLAS DE GRANDMAISON
  • NICHOLAS DE GRANDMAISON
  • NICHOLAS DE GRANDMAISON

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NICHOLAS DE GRANDMAISON

PAPOOSE IN PIGTAILS

pastel
signed
11 ins x 8.75 ins; 27.9 cms x 22.2 cms

Estimate $15,000-$20,000

Realised: $14,160
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

About artist/note:

De Grandmaison did not often title his portraits of women and children, preferring to label them generically as “Squaw” or “Papoose.” Belatedly, he realized the historical significance of recording the names of all his subjects, as he did for the Indian Chiefs he drew. Nonetheless, his portraits of children such as this lot were far from being stock types and were said to be so faithful to their subjects that, according to Dempsey, a relative might exclaim: “Ki-ai-yowww” or “it’s just like him (or her).”

Literature:

Hugh A. Dempsey, History in Their Blood, Douglas & McIntyre, Vancouver/Toronto, 1982, page 16.

Provenance:

Private Collection, Ontario