ArtworksJohn LittleEleanor Street, Griffintown, Montreal, 19641928 -Sold
Inscriptionssigned, ‘JOHN / LITTLE’ (lower right); titled, signed and dated, ‘ELEANOR STREET. / GRIFFINTOWN / MONTREAL / JOHN LITTLE / 1964’ (verso)
Private collection, Bromont, Quebec
Estate of the above
There is nothing in this John Little painting of 1964 that one would recognize from that same perspective today. Nothing at all. Indeed, whereas urbanization of the last 10 or 15 years was inevitably going to result in high density of the urban core, arguably one might have thought that some consideration may have been given to the aesthetic virtues of the ‘neighbourhoods’ we are developing. We invite the viewer to go look at this street today. Over the last week in the newspapers and press the sad announcement of the passing of Blanche Lemco van Ginke in the Montreal Gazette read, “Saviour of Old Montreal dies at 98”. We have been reminded of”... her successful campaign along with her husband, famed architect Daniel (Sandy) van Ginkel, to quash a plan to run an elevated highway through the heart of Old Montreal in the late 1950s and early ‘60s.” We were reminded that this was “.. an era when highway development was king and concern for heritage buildings was ‘non-existent’”.
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.
René Bruemmer, “Blanche Lemco van Ginkel, saviour of Old Montreal, dies at 98,” The Gazette, 26 October 2022.