Artwork for Sale
Fishing Village, Mutton Bay, 1932 (circa)
Inscriptionssigned with monogram, 'EH' (lower right); inscribed and signed by the artist on label (partially obstructed) ‘Mutton Bay - E. Holgate’ (verso)
Dominion Gallery, Montreal.
Private collection, Montreal;
By descent to the present owners.
The sketches that Holgate painted on his visits to these remote villages are consistently outstanding in quality, and identifiable by their sensational blues, greens and browns.
Montreal art dealers Walter and Gertrude Klinkhoff were in regular contact with Edwin Holgate and his wife Frances when they lived in Morin Heights, and later when the Holgates moved back to Montreal. The Klinkhoffs purchased as many works from Holgate as they could. It was a difficult endeavour because Holgate did not need money and was reluctant to part with his work. In his memoirs, Klinkhoff remarked at the esteem in which Holgate was held by other artists. “Holgate was highly respected by other artists. This is an important sign because artists, even if jealous and difficult of temperament at times, do recognize one another.” 
As a veteran of World War I, Holgate occasionally lunched at the United Services Club, across the street from Walter Klinkhoff’s Montreal gallery. Afterwards he would come in, sit on the couch in the main gallery, and be entertained with paintings by him and his colleagues that the Klinkhoffs were offering for sale. Sometimes, noticing the then-elderly artist fatigued, Alan Klinkhoff would offer to drive Holgate back to his nearby apartment. He fondly recalls Holgate reminiscing about the Group of Seven, and the days that are now the subject of many books. It was then that he purchased from Holgate a marvellous sketch of Mutton Bay, which he and his wife Helen continue to enjoy to this day.
1. Walter Klinkhoff, Reminiscences of an Art Dealer (1993), p. 8.