Fine Prints & Photography Online Auction

October 06, 2016

LOT 16

Lot 16

Harold Barling Town (1924-1990)

Harold Barling Town (1924-1990)
Lot 16 Details
Harold Barling Town (1924-1990), Canadian


Colour single autographic print on thin paper with partial visible watermark “...bonded” laid down to a cardboard support; signed and dated “- 55 ” in black ink to margin
Image 20" x 15.75" — 50.8 x 40 cm.

Estimate $1,000-$1,500

Realised: $2,040
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report

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Harold Barling Town (1924-1990)
  • Harold Barling Town (1924-1990)

Estate Collection, Toronto


In 1954, Harold Town was a leading member of the Abstract Expressionist movement, Painters Eleven. The Group held their first exhibition at the Roberts Gallery in Toronto in 1954.

Beginning in 1953, Town developed a complex and innovative process to make the monotypes he called “single autographic prints”. Examples of his novel printing approach captured the interest of gallery owner, Douglas Duncan, who presented a selection in Town’s first Toronto solo show at the Picture Loan Society. The National Gallery of Canada acquired two for their collection and in 1956, the Art Gallery of Toronto (now The Art Gallery of Ontario) acquired three. Using a lithographic stone already inked he used a series of inked paper cut-outs to mask off negative shapes. Since the ink was required to dry between pulls, Town worked on several prints in parallel over a period of days.


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LOT 16

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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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