Artwork for Sale
The Argument, 1951
Inscriptionssigned and dated, 'Surrey 51' (recto, lower left)
Watson Art Galleries, Montreal, 1951.
Dominion Gallery, Montreal.
Galerie Walter Klinkhoff, Montreal.
Dr. Norman Tepper, Montreal.
Kastel Gallery, Montreal.
Private Collection, Toronto.
Montreal, Watson Art Galleries, Exhibition, November 1951, no. 13Montreal, Galerie Walter Klinkhoff Inc., Philip Surrey Retrospective Exhibition, September 2004, no. 63
One of few additional references we have located to baseball players comes from his autobiographical notes (actually transcribed by his wife Margaret), documenting Philip’s painting process. “Sometimes I bring a half finished one downstairs and hang it, sometimes for weeks. Eventually I will see what needs to be done and take it back upstairs and do some more to it. ‘The Baseball Players’ hung over our dining room table for a year with all the players nude. Then I went up to my painting room and clothed them.”
Margaret Surrey, Biographical notes of Philip Surrey, Philip and Margaret Day Fonds, P85A, National Archives of Canada, Estate Philip Surrey, p. 159B