ArtworksDavid MilneCopake Hillside, 1922 (10-17 November)1881-1953Sold
Inscriptionstitled, 'COPAKE, Nov 10/17 22' (upper left); signed, 'Milne' (lower right)
ProvenancePrivate collection, Montreal.
ExhibitionsGalerie Walter Klinkhoff, Montreal, 15-29 September 2001, David Milne (1882-1953) Retrospective Exhibition, cat. no. 24.Note in catalogue raisonné no.204.98 where Copake Hillside is catalogued there is published a letter to his friend James Clarke in which Milne discuss a related painting.
In the catalogue raisonné Milne and Silcox describe the artist’s activities from October 1921 through to the spring of 1923 at Mount Riga and Big Moose Lake in the area south of Boston Corners. They refer to the period during which Copake Hillside was painted and wrote the following:
“In the fall of 1922, the Milnes returned to Mount Riga to the same house, which had been bought from Sherman and Demming by Milne’s friend James Clarke in March. Clarke named the place Biddiecott (meaning a place for a hen and her chicks) and asked Milne to rebuild the porch, a chore documented in a series of paintings that autumn (Building the Porch I-III, 204.93, 204.96, and 204.112), and to do other renovations. Milne also built a small punt for the Clarkes’ use on nearby Rudd Pond. Milne quickly recovered his creative ambition after his summer sabbatical…” (1)
1- David Milne and David P. Silcox, David B. Milne: Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings. Vol 1. (Toronto Buffalo: University of Toronto Press, 1998), 3313of 6