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Bonhams Latest Canadian Art Sale Tops $1M

LONDON.- Bonhams Sale of Canadian Art on November 30th made a total of CAD $1,046,670 with 86.5% sold by value. Top picture in the sale was Lot 223, a James Wilson Morrice (1865-1924) titled “On the March in France”, circa 1918.’ It stormed past its pre-sale estimate of CAD $80,000 -120,000 to make CAD$204,000. The Canadian landscape painter JW Morrice was the inspiration behind the alcoholic poet Cronshaw in Somerset Maugham’s “Of Human Bondage”. Morrice is widely considered to be the first great Canadian painter, if also an archetype for the booze-drenched bohemians of the Belle Époque. A man of independent means, he trained as a lawyer in Montreal before leaving Canada for Paris. There he spent the better part of his working life and came into association with the likes of Maugham, Matisse, Gauguin and Clive Bell. Despite briefly abandoning France at the outbreak of hostilities, Morrice was commissioned by Lord Bea