ArtworksPhilip SurreyFerguson’s Rock, Orford Lake, 19681910-1990Sold
Inscriptionssigned, 'surrey' (lower left); dated, ‘1968’ (verso, lower left); titled, ‘ORFORD LAKE’ (verso, upper centre)
Kastel Gallery, Montreal, Inventory No. 462C
Private collection, Montreal
Ferguson's Rock is a composition that intrigued the artist from the mid 1940s when he noted that he did a painting of it. The culmination of the subject is found in one of his largest paintings, one measuring 121 x 162.6 cm in Fredericton's Beaverbrook Gallery.
As a reference to one of his foremost influences, Nicolas Poussin and how idyllic those Orford days were, one cannot resist looking at the magnificence of Poussin’s A Dance to the Music of Time.
Margaret's "narrative" notes:
" In the summer of 1944 we took a cottage at Orford Lake in the Eastern Townships. No cars in those days. We went by train and Margaret used to drag our suitcases two blocks to the streetcar to the station. The landscape of that area was all a painter could ask. I settled down every weekend and two weeks of vacation and painted two landscapes a day. The following summer Goodridge Roberts and Jeanne Rhéaume rented a cottage close by looking back, those Orford days were idyllic. The Post-War had not yet arrived. We were in a sort of happy limbo between the Depression and the Post-War boom. Overnight we entered the Nuclear world. Surrounded as we were by the peaceful beauty of Orford lake and its hills, it was difficult to imagine the horrors of Hiroshima."