|Title:||Ships in the Harbour|
|Description:||Watercolour Painting of ships in harbour|
|Provenance:||Not that I am aware of. Likely purchased in the 1950's. This was found in their house.|
|Appraised By:||Larry Shapiro|
|Appraiser Comments:||Henry John SIMPKINS (1906-1995) Biography Birth place: Winnipeg, Manitoba Addresses: Dorval, PQ Profession: Painter, illustrator Studied: Winnipeg School Art, with Frans Johnson; also with Lemoine Fitzgerald & Jessie Dow. Exhibited: Can Nat Gallery Travelling Exhib, 1937; Royal Can Acad Art, 1958; solo shows, Klinkhoff Gallery, Montreal, 1969 & Wallack Gallery, Ottawa, 1970 & 1972. Awards: First Prize for watercolor, Jessie Dow, 1932 & 1934. Member: Royal Canadian Acad. Arts (assoc. member); Montreal Arts Club. Work: Commissions: mural (oil), Trans Canada Telephone Co., Expos 1967. Comments: Preferred media: watercolors. Positions: illustrator, Brigden's Ltd., Winnipeg, 1925-28; illustrator, Rice Studio, NYC, 1928-29; illustrator, Rapid Grip & Battens, Montreal, 1930-58. You have an original watercolor by Henry John Simpkins. He worked with many different subjects in his career. He is not known for his renderings of boats and nautical scenes. The painting you have is well done and I was able to compare it to others that have sold at auction in the past. I am appraising your picture for $400.00 at fair market value and $800.00 at replacement value. Larry Shapiro|
The expert, Larry Shapiro, is of the opinion that this item
Reason: I was able to access records of past sales of the artists work and view signatures of other paintings that have sold at auction. The signature on your painting matches as does the style of work.
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