Original woodcut engraving
Print number 29
Edwin Headley Holgate; 1892-1977, Canadian artist, painter and engraver. Holgate played a major role in Montreal's art community, and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, where he both studied and taught. He was known primarily as a portraitist and for a number of female nudes in outdoor settings that he painted during the 1930s
Holgate studied at the Art Association of Montreal under William Brymner, Alberta Cleland and later Maurice Cullen. In 1912, he studied in Paris. He was travelling in the Ukraine at the outset of World War I, and was forced to cross Asia to return to Canada. He returned to France with the Canadian Army. He taught wood engraving at the École des Beaux-Arts de Montréal from 1928 to 1934. He worked as a war artist in England during World War II. He returned to Montreal after the war.
This very fine engraving is bright and unfaded in black and beige inks. The image measuring approximately 11 cms. x 11 cms. (4½ x 4½ ins.) printed on a japon paper sheet size 16 cms. x 16 cms. (6¼ x 6¼ ins.)
Initialled E.H. in the image and signed with Edwins typical cryptic signature by the artist in the lower margin with the edition also in pencil.
Last sold at auction In Vancouver 2000 for the highest bid of $2841.00, I would be happy to consider sensible offers.
Unframed, unmounted and blank on the reverse, the condition of the image and sheet is very good with handling marks condusive with age.