ROBERT WAKEHAM PILOT, P.R.C.A.
ST. MARGARETS, P.Q.
oil on panel
signed, titled and dated 1945 on the reverse
8 ins x 10.5 ins; 20.3 cms x 26.7 cms
Robert Wakeham Pilot set up studio in the space that had once belonged to his step-father, Maurice Cullen. It was from this Studio Building on Ste. Famille Street in Montreal (which was, anecdotally, owned by Alfred Laliberté) that Pilot made his first sketching trips into the Laurentians, Baie St. Paul country, Quebec and the Maritimes. This painting was executed in 1945, most likely on one of the sketching trips, which resumed following Pilot’s return to Canada from his service in World War II. Pilot’s depiction of St. Margarets is pleasant and delicate: A snowy scene in which we can almost hear the gurgling water and feel the warmth of the cabin’s hearth.
Dominion Gallery, Montreal
Private Collection, Toronto