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Lot #37

Artist Nicholas de Grandmaison
Title Turning Robe
Media pastel on sandpaper
Size 27.5 x 21.5 in. / 69.8 x 54.6 cm.
Frame Size 33.5 x 27.5 x 1.75 in.

Place Absentee Bid

signed lower right; bears title on label verso; in period hand carved frame with glass on both sides; paper manufacturer stamp verso

printed inscription 'This portrait is of a Blackfoot Indian from the Gleichen, Alberta, Indian Reservation. His name is Turning Robe, and he was approximately 65 years of age when the portrait was made. The ornaments on his braids are special shells from the Gulf of Mexico and have been handed down for generations as family jewellery or a talisman.' on label verso)

ex-collection R.A. Brown, founder of Home Oil, Calgary; purchased at Levis Auctions in 2001; from a Calgary estate

Hammer $24,000 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