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William Gardner Blackwood was born on 26 March 1892 at Holly Bank, Kilcreggan, Dunbarton, Scotland and married Ethel Matilda Stroud in 1918.
Nothing is known of his formative years but he fought as a soldier in the First World War along with his older brother, James. He served with the Canadian Overseas Regimental Force in 1915. In 1918, he was a soldier at the 4th Canadian General Hospital, in Basingstoke. He emigrated to Canada, and arrived at Quebec 4th Sep 1927 with his wife and young son, Gordon, on the ship "Athena", Cunard Lines.
Then began what appears to be a wonderful period of work in watercolors and oils shortly after the first appearance of the Group of Seven's art in the 1920's before he vanishes from Canada's emerging art world.
His works have always been well received and do appreciate in value year by year. There was time enough in his life to become a listed Canadian artist although I don't know when. His works are represented in the Art Gallery of Ontario - Edward P. Taylor Research Library and Archives and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts - Library.
His subject matter is invariably the countryside around the Laurentian Hills and Ontario's Muskoka region. He paints the seasons of the countryside, the lakes and rivers and anything that is natural, out of the way and filled with a sensual delight coming from the ground he stands on.
In this watercolor study the lights from a shimmering lake fills the air with a wonderful mixture of the smells and warmth of the forest. There is a natural break in the trees giving access to the rocky or sandy beaches ahead. There is such a gentle presence of belonging here and such a regret by way of a lingering look before walking away from a magical place.
Frame and painting in excellent condition.
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Frame: 17 3/4" x 19"
Image: 10" x 12 1/2"