ArtworksJohn LittleA Boy's Christmas in Griffintown with the Father Boyle Officiating, 19781928 -CAD 18,000
Inscriptionssigned, "JOHN / LITTLE" (recto, lower right); signed and dated in black ink, "John / Little / '78" (verso, top horizontal stretcher); titled and further inscribed in black ink by the artist, “pugnacious Griffintown is gone - shall we cancel Christmas? Let us drink to the past. Xmas is for kids.” (verso, top horizontal stretcher); inscribed in black ink by the artist, “Let us remember the Malfara Bros. (verso, left vertical stretcher); inscribed in black ink by the artist, “reproduction rights reserved by Louis and Fred Wray” (verso, right vertical stretcher); inscribed in black ink by the artist, “78-283” (verso, bottom horizontal stretcher).
Galerie Walter Klinkhoff Inc., Montreal.
Private collection, Montreal.
Alan Klinkhoff Gallery;
Private collection, Toronto.
ExhibitionsToronto, Alan Klinkhoff Gallery, Lawren Harris & Canadian Masters: Historic Sale Celebrating Canada's 150 Years, April 1, 2017.
As we have published previously, Little set out early in his career to capture the spirit of streets and neighbourhoods being torn up/down in the process of suburbanization and urban renewal of the post WWII period. It was not from any sense of nostalgia that Little was capturing these vignettes. He believed that the heritage of our cities and its citizens is worth immortalizing. Latterly, what was left of these areas is undergoing another generation in its evolution, this time with the objective of densification of the urban core. A visit to Montreal's Griffintown will show Little's location unrecognizable today.
As a tribute, the names Fred & Louise Wray written on the back, they were Montreal based art collectors as well as friends of Galerie Walter Klinkhoff and Continental as well. In the waning years of Continental Gallery, Fred went their pretty much daily to assist the manager, Mariitta Maavara.
Note: In 2017, Alan Klinkhoff Gallery published A Tribute to John Little, City Life from 1951 the only authorized study of the work and career of John Little. In preparation of a sequel, to be considered for publication, we invite owners of John Little paintings to submit images and details to the gallery at firstname.lastname@example.org.