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Lot #16

Artist Nicholas de Grandmaison
Title Portrait of John Hunter [Sitting Eagle]
Media pastel on sandpaper
Size 20.75 x 16 in. / 52.7 x 40.6 cm.
Frame Size 30.25 x 24.75 x 1 in.

Place Absentee Bid

signed lower right; bears title on label verso; framed

Sitting Eagle, also known as John Hunter, was the chief of the Stoney Nakoda First Nation of Alberta. He became very involved in the Calgary Stampede and some say, he was considered a symbol of the event. In 1988, an 11 foot tall bronze of Chief Sitting Eagle was unveiled in downtown Calgary, by artist Don Begg, where it still stands today; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chief_Sitting_Eagle)

Intercontinental Art Agency, Vancouver, label verso; private collection, Calgary

Sold $18,720 Estimate $15,000/$20,000

Biographical Information
Nicholas de Grandmaison ~ [1892-1978] Canadian ASA, MSA, RCA
see History in Their Blood; Indian Portraits of Nicholas de Grandmaison, by H.Dempsey, Douglas and McIntyre, 1982 for many other examples; Drawn from the Past, Nicholas de Grandmaison, by Gordon Snyder, Snyder Fine Art, 2007; Dict. of Canadian Artists, by C.MacDonald, Vol.2 pg.305 for biography; Collector's Dictionary of Canadian Artists at Auction, by A.Westbridge, Vol.1, pg.87, Westbridge Pub., 1999; exhibition list in R.C.A.A., by E.McMann, pg.155