ArtworksJohn A. HammondFishing Boats, Bay of Fundy1843-1939$18,000
Inscriptionssigned "J.Hammond" (recto, lower right); titled, inscribed and signed in pencil, "Fishing Boats / Bay of Fundy / $300 / J Hammond (verso, upper right).
ProvenanceJohnson Art Galleries, Montreal;
Galerie Walter Klinkhoff, Montreal, as "Fishing Boat [sic], Bay of Fundy";
Private collection, Montreal.
ExhibitionsPossibly: Montreal, Art Association of Montreal, Exhibition of the 25th Annual Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, from 17 March 1904, possibly no. 84, "Fishing boats, Bay of Fundy";
Possibly: St. Louis, MO, USA, Universal Exposition [at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition or the St. Louis World's Fair], 30 April - 1 December 1904, possibly no. 42, "Fishing Boats, Bay of Fundy.".
Possibly: Montreal, Art Association of Montreal, Exhibition of Canadian Paintings Featured from the St. Louis Exposition, 5 - 16 January 1905, possibly no. 8, "Gaspereaux Fishing" at $300.00 and as being returned to Scott & Sons, Montreal.*
The catalogue of the 1904 exhibition of The Royal Canadian Academy of Arts Official Catalogue of Exhibits for the art exhibitions at the St. Louis World's Fair list an exhibited picture by Hammond, no. 84, Fishing boats, Bay of Fundy and no. 42 Fishing Boats, Bay of Fundy., respectively. These titles are identical to the present oil painting, which is titled by the artist on the verso. A selection of pictures at the St. Louis World's Fair would subsequently show at the Art Association of Montreal in January 1905. A review of this exhibition from the Montreal Star ("Canadian Art Exhibit is now on View Here", 7 January 1905) describes, "Mr. Hammond's five pictures of land and water are bright, sunny pictures, with one particularly well executed, a Gaspereaux fishing fleet in early morning."
*Alan Klinkhoff Gallery extends its thanks to Ms. Audrey Marcoux, Documentation Technician, Montreal Musueum of Fine Arts, for her assistance in our research of this exhibition.