Lot 616
Gaston Marie Roullet (or Roulet) (1847-1925)

QUEBEC FROM LEVIS, CIRCA 1887, oil on panel; signed at Quebec lower left, inscribed: “Presente a Lady Laurier / par Mr. Louis Frechette?/ le 30 Aout 1897 (jour de retour triangahal” (indistinct) ) in ink script lettering verso, height 11.3" — 28.6cm, width 18.0" — 45.7cm

Est. $2000/3000
Realised: $10000
Auction Date: 06/27/2017

Provenance: Presented to Lady Laurier from Mr. Louis Frechette on August 30, 1897; With J.A. Morency, Quebec label frame verso; The Estate of Anne Laurier, Mulmur, Ontario

Literature: J. Russell Harper, “Early Painters and Engravers in Canada”, p. 273 reports that the artist, Gaston Roullet or Roulet, was active from 1887-1897 and in 1887, he visited Quebec to execute landscape sketches of the district.

Note: When Sir Wilfrid Laurier became a member of Parliament in 1874, he and his wife Zoé were living in Arthabaska, a small town in the Province of Quebec. Sir Wilfrid and Lady Laurier moved into their new home at Sandy Hill in the fall of 1897. This work appears to be a house warming gift to the Lauriers.

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