Artwork for Sale
A Boy's Christmas in Griffintown with the Father Boyle Officiating, 1978
Inscriptionssigned, 'JOHN / LITTLE' (lower right); signed and dated, ''John / Little / '78' (verso, top horizontal stretcher); titled and inscribed, 'pugnacious Griffintown is gone - shall we cancel Christmas? Let us drink to the past. Xmas is for kids / Let us remember the Malfara Bros / reproduction rights reserved by Louis and Fred Wray' (verso, on the stretcher)
ProvenanceGalerie Walter Klinkhoff Inc., Montreal Private collection, Montreal Alan Klinkhoff Gallery Private collection, Toronto
ExhibitionsToronto, Alan Klinkhoff Gallery, Lawren Harris & Canadian Masters: Historic Sale Celebrating Canada's 150 Years, April 1, 2017.
As a tribute, the names Fred & Louise Wray written on the back, they were Montreal based art collectors as well as friends of Galerie Walter Klinkhoff and Continental as well. In the waning years of Continental Gallery, Fred went their pretty much daily to assist the manager, Mariitta Maavara.His mention of the Malfara brothers is significant to the neighbourhood of Griffintown “in the day”. Research uncovered the brothers to be baseball players in local leagues in Griffintown and Notre Dame de Grace in the 1940s. “Tombstones” like this are those pages from the family album Little wanted to conserve in his painting and incidentally to be found in his written notes. For us, these notes are relevant, even important, to an appreciation of Little’s intentions in his art.
Note: In 2017, Alan Klinkhoff Gallery published A Tribute to John Little, City Life from 1951 the only authorized study of the work and career of John Little. In preparation of a sequel, to be considered for publication, we invite owners of John Little paintings to submit images and details to the gallery at firstname.lastname@example.org.