William Henry Sweet - 1889-1949
|Great Canadian Heritage Treasure||Canada's Lost Art Treasures:
Acquired at a recent Toronto art auction, was the picture right, a pastel and watercolour painting advertised as "Lighthouse by the Seashore!!!"
Unfortunately, like so many old paintings one finds at auctions, this one was not signed.
As a result it aroused no bidding interest...
So you end up with what everybody hates at art auctions, an anonymous painting without a name or location.
Lighthouses by the seashore were not popular at this auctions. Probably somewhere in France, or the south coast of England most dealers thought.
It happens hundreds of times at auctions every year.
|Lighthouse by the Seashore - c 1910|
|Orig. pastel & wc on board - Image Size - 17 x 40 cm
Found - Toronto, ON
Noted on back as painted by "Henry"
|The painting has a wonderfully evocative mood created by a talented artist. It was probably painted in the late Victorian or Edwardian eras. But you think you recognize the place, and you buy it to check for sure... What do you do next. Find the lighthouse; find Henry, that's what!|