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Walter Joseph Phillips (October 25, 1884 July 5, 1963) was an English-born Canadian painter and woodcutter, acclaimed as one of Canada's most famous printmakers and for popularizing the colour woodcut in the style of the Japanese. His artistic career spanned from the 1900s through the 1940s, during which time his work was exhibited throughout North America and Great Britain. In 1940 he was asked to become a resident artist at the Banff Centre, then known as the Banff School of Fine Arts, where he played an important role in the development of their visual arts program. Its Walter Phillips Gallery, which focuses on contemporary art, is named after him. The Glenbow Museum in Calgary, Alberta holds an extensive collection of Phillips works and a research archive. Phillips' work reflects his direct response to nature.

 

The excellent quality of framing and pristine condition make each one of these works especially desirable.

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The Bather, No. 2. 1927                                                                                                                              

Aquila Books # 134093                                                                                                                   SOLD $3850

 

22.2 X 24.9 CM (9 X 10 inches) original coloured woodcut on paper, 43/100. In 2.25 CM (1 inch) brushed silver metal conservation frame with off white acid free matting. In extremely good condition, with no fading or acid burn. Crisp, Clean colours. Frame measures 45 X 46 CM (17.75 X 18 inches). Metal wire hanger across back. With Phillips' initials included in the top right of the image, the name and edition number in pencil to the bottom left below the image and his signature (also in pencil) below the image on the bottom right.

 

Boulet MBL110. A beautiful woodcut by the famous Canadian artist depicting a young girl in a blue dress leaning on a tree and looking out over the water- an idyllic summer scene.

 

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The Beach. 1926                                                                                                                              

Aquila Books # 134094                                                                                                                              $3750

 

17.75 X 23 CM (7 X 9.5 inches) original coloured woodcut on paper, 3/100. In 2 CM (.75 inch) rounded gilt conservation frame with slight wear. Off white acid free matting and Tru Vue UV protecting glass. In extremely good condition, with no fading or acid burn. Crisp, Clean colours. Frame measures 37 X 43 CM (14.5 X 17 inches). Metal wire hanger across back. With Phillips' signature included to the bottom right of the image as well as signed in pencil on just below the right of the image. There is also a pencil notation of the title and edition number below the image to the left.

 

Boulet MBL96. A beautiful woodcut by the famous Canadian artist depicting a young girl in a teal and orange dress. The girl gently rests on the sand watching a small bird in front of her. A peaceful and delicate image.

 

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Mary at Muskoka. 1926

Aquila Books #134095         SOLD $1675

 

14 X 12.75 CM (5.5 X 5 inches) original coloured woodcut on paper, 29/100. In 2.5 CM (1 inch) brushed silver metal conservation frame with slight wear. Off white acid free matting. In extremely good condition, with no fading or acid burn. Crisp, Clean and especially rich colours. Frame measures 35.5 X 33 CM (14 X 13 inches). Metal wire hanger across back. With a pencil notation of the title and edition number below the image to the left, across from this, to the bottom right of the image is Phillips' signature (also in pencil).

 

Boulet MBL87. A beautiful woodcut by the famous Canadian artist depicting a shirtless young girl. The girl holds her arm to one side and looks sideways toward the water. Behind her is deep blue water and a rich green tree bushy with needles.

 

 

 

 

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The Bather. 1923

Aquila Books #134096                                  SOLD $4500

 

28.5 X 19.75 CM (11.25 X 7.75 inches) original coloured woodcut on paper, 24/100. In 2.5 CM (1 inch) brushed silver metal conservation frame with slight wear. Off white acid free matting. In extremely good condition, with no fading or acid burn. Crisp, Clean colours. Frame measures 50.75 X 40.75 CM (20 X 16 inches). Metal wire hanger across back. With a pencil notation of the title and edition number below the image to the left, across from this, to the bottom right of the image is Phillips' signature (also in pencil).

 

Boulet MBL70. For a reproduction of the image see page 65 in Boulet "The Tranquility and the Turbulence". A beautiful woodcut by the famous Canadian artist depicting a young girl in a green dress. She stands, hand on her hip, looking out over the water. A delicate tree in is in foreground and behind her is a beautiful expanse of water abstracted into interesting brown and blue ripple shaped.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Field Barn. 1925

Aquila Books #134098            $2250

 

24 X 26.5 CM (9.5 X 10.5 inches) original coloured woodcut on paper, edition of 100. In 2.5 CM (1 inch) brushed silver metal conservation frame with slight wear. Off white acid free matting. In extremely good condition, with no fading or acid burn. Crisp, Clean colours. Frame measures 45.75 X 47 CM (18 X 18.5 inches). Metal wire hanger across back. With a pencil notation of the title below the image to the left, across from this, to the bottom right of the image is Phillips' signature (also in pencil).

 

Boulet MBL81. For a reproduction of the image see page 77 in Boulet "The Tranquility and the Turbulence". A beautiful woodcut by the famous Canadian artist depicting barns in the English countryside from the family's trip to England 1924-25. A soft and Idyllic landscape with delicate trees in the distance, a beautifully thatched barn complex and calm reflective pool. Graceful lines and beautiful details (including a small cow to the bottom right).

 

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A Gloucester Village. 1926

Aquila Books #134099         SOLD $1675

 

21.5 X 25 CM (8.5 X 10 inches) original coloured woodcut on paper, 62/100. In 2.5 CM (1 inch) brushed silver metal conservation frame with only very slight wear. Off white acid free matting and Tru Vue UV protectant conservation glass. In extremely good condition, with no fading or acid burn. Crisp, Clean colours. Frame measures 45 X 47 CM (17.75 X 18.5 inches). Metal wire hanger across back. In the image, at the bottom left corner, is Phillips' initials, "Cheltenham" and the date (1926). A pencil notation of the title, and edition number, is below the image to the left, across from this, to the bottom right of the image is Phillips' signature (also in pencil). With provenance at back.

 

Boulet MBL88. A beautiful woodcut by the famous Canadian artist depicting a village in the English countryside from the family's trip to England 1924-25. The strong shapes of buildings stand out against a simple background. The thatched roofs and, in front of the buildings, soft green foliage, horse and carriage provide a delicate and interesting contrast.

 

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 Wylye Mill Bridge. 1925

Aquila Books #134100              $2350

 

30 X 24 CM (8.25 X 9.5 inches) original coloured woodcut on paper, 34/100. In 2 CM (0.75 inch) brushed gilt conservation frame with only very slight wear. Off white acid free matting and Tru Vue UV protectant conservation glass. In extremely good condition, with no fading or acid burn. Crisp, Clean colours. Frame measures 40 X 43 CM (15.75 X 17 inches). Metal wire hanger across back. A pencil notation of the title and edition number is below the image to the left and across from this, to the bottom right of the image, is Phillips' signature (also in pencil). With provenance at back.

 

Boulet MBL80. For a reproduction of the image see page 76 in Boulet "The Tranquility and the Turbulence". A beautiful woodcut by the famous Canadian artist depicting a bridge in the town of Wylye where Phillip's and his family spend "a busy and frigid winter" during their trip to England 1924-25. In the image a delicate light at the bottom of a grayish sky settles over the strong lines of the towns roof's and organic texture of the bridge in the foreground.

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 Stockton, Manitoba. 1956

Aquila Books #134101                                                                                                                    $1000

 

2nd edition/300. 9.5 X 18 CM (3.75 X 7 inches) original black ink wood engraving on off-white paper. In 1 CM brushed silver metal conservation frame with only very slight wear. Off white acid free matting. In extremely good condition, with no fading or acid burn. Crisp black image. Frame measures 30 X 37 CM (11.75 X 14.5 inches). Metal wire hanger across back. A pencil notation of the title is below the image to the left and across from this, to the bottom right of the image, is Phillips' signature (also in pencil). With provenance at back.

 

Boulet MBL186. For a reproduction of the book see page 230 in Boulet "The Tranquility and the Turbulence". A beautiful woodcut by the famous Canadian artist. This edition was used as a Christmas card by Phillips' in 1956. A strong image with bold lines, beautiful detail and interesting contrast between shadow and light.

 

 

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Stockton, Manitoba. 1932

Aquila Books #134103                                                                                                                          $1100

 

First Edition, 45/50. 9.5 X 18 CM (3.75 X 7 inches) original black ink wood engraving 45/50 on special thin off-white paper. A finer print than the later edition. In 2.5 CM (1 inch) brushed silver metal conservation frame with only very slight wear. Off white acid free matting with Tru Vue UV protectant conservation glass. In extremely good condition, with no fading or acid burn. Crisp black image. Frame measures 35.5 X 42 CM (14 X 16.5 inches). Metal wire hanger across back. A pencil notation of the title is below the image to the left and across from this, to the bottom right of the image, is Phillips' signature (also in pencil). With provenance at back.

 

Boulet MBL186. For a reproduction of the book see page 230 in Boulet "The Tranquility and the Turbulence". A beautiful woodcut by the famous Canadian artist. A second edition was printed in 1956. A strong image with bold lines, beautiful detail and interesting contrast between shadow and light.

 

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Mount Cathedral and Mount Stephen. 1928

Aquila Books #134104                                                                                                                          $2500

 

53/300. 16.5 X 22.25 CM (6.5 X 8.75 inches) original colour woodcut #53 on thin Shoji off-white paper. In 2.5 CM (1 inch) ribbed brushed silver metal conservation frame with only very slight wear. Off white acid free matting with Tru Vue UV protectant conservation glass. In extremely good condition, with no fading or acid burn. Slight wrinkling. Crisp, clear colours. Printed from six cherry wood blocks. Frame measures 37.5 X 42 CM (14.75 X 16.5 inches). Metal wire hanger across back. A pencil notation of the number is below the image to the left and across from this, to the bottom right of the image, is Phillips' signature (also in pencil). With provenance at back.

 

Boulet MBL118. A beautiful colour woodcut by the famous Canadian artist. Depicting boulders distributed restfully on gentle slopes against a backdrop of gentle clouds. The peak of Mount Cathedral is visible to the right and Mount Stephen on the left (with the shoulder of Odaray to the extreme left). From a sketch made by Phillip's on a trip to the region around Lake O'Hara in the Canadian Rockies.

 

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Beaver Lodge. 1944

Aquila Books #134106                                                                                                                        SOLD  $3950

 

58/100. 19 X 38 CM (7.5 X 15 inches) original colour woodcut print on paper. In 2 CM (0.75 inch) wooden conservation frame with peaked edge, inside painted white and only very slight wear. Off white acid free matting. In extremely good condition, with no fading or acid burn. Crisp, clear colours. Frame measures 34 X 50.75 CM (13.5 X 20 inches). Metal wire hanger across back. A pencil notation of the the name and limitation number is below the image to the left and across from this, to the bottom right of the image, is Phillips' signature (also in pencil). With provenance at back showing it's past acquisition by the Canadian Art Gallery in Calgary, Alberta (1965).

 

Boulet MBL237. Both the first and second editions consisted of 100. A very strong image depicting rich, rolling blue mountains and clear snowy ground beneath.

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Oak. 1930  Aquila Books #134107                                                                                                            SOLD $975

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Edition Unknown. 10 X 7 CM (4 X 2.75 inches) original colour woodcut print on paper. In 2.5 CM (1 inch) ribbed brushed silver metal frame with only very slight wear. Off white acid free matting. In extremely good condition, with no fading or acid burn. Crisp, clear colours. Frame measures 32.5 X 29.5 CM (12.75 X 11.5 inches). Metal wire hanger across back. A pencil notation of the the name is below the image to the left and across from this, to the bottom right of the image, is Phillips' signature (also in pencil).

 

Boulet MBL132. Edition unknown. For a reproduction of the image see page 115 in Boulet "The Tranquility and the Turbulence". A warm and friendly image depicting a small house enveloped by soft clumps of orange foliage (against a blue sky).

 

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Wylye Vale. 1924  Aquila Books #134108                                                                                              $975

 

                                                                                                           Edition Unknown. 8.25 X 9.5 CM (3.25 X 3.75 inches) original colour woodcut print on paper. In 5 CM (1.5 inch) wooden frame painted a blue-grey with gilt border inside and only very slight wear. Off white acid free matting (with a second piece of darker beige matting creating a border around the image). In extremely good condition, with no fading or acid burn. Crisp, clear colours. Frame measures 26.75 X 31 CM (10.5 X 12.25 inches). Metal wire hanger across back. A pencil notation of the the name is below the image to the left and across from this, to the bottom right of the image, is Phillips' signature (also in pencil). With Master's Gallery provenance label on back.

 

Boulet MBL78. Edition unknown. For a reproduction of the image see page 74 in Boulet "The Tranquility and the Turbulence". Image from the families stay in the English Countryside (Wylye) near the beginning of their stay in England in 1924-25. A warm and friendly image depicting a broad and beautiful valley. A soft patchwork of farmland lays softly across rolling hills broken up by clumps of yellow trees.

 

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Fuschia. 1927

Aquila Books #134109              $1400

                                                                                                           

Edition unknown. 12 X 7.5 CM (4.75 X 3 inches) original colour woodcut print on paper. In 1 CM (0.25 inch) gun metal gray metal frame with only very slight wear. Light gray acid free matting (with a second piece of darker gray matting creating a border around the image). In extremely good condition, with no fading or acid burn. Crisp, clear colours. Frame measures 45 X 25.5 CM (17.75 X 10 inches). Metal wire hanger across back. To the bottom right of the image is Phillips' signature (in pencil). With Master's Gallery provenance label on back.

 

Boulet MBL109. Edition unknown. For a reproduction of the image see page 97 in Boulet "The Tranquility and the Turbulence". Edition unknown. From Phillips' first trip to the west coast of Canada. Rich colours and delicate, graceful lines depict beautifully the elegance of the hanging flower.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bear. 1942

Aquila Books #134110                        SOLD  $975

             

Edition unknown. 12 X 10 CM (4.5 X 4 inches) original black ink wood engraving on paper. In 2 CM (0.75 inch) black metal frame with only very slight wear. Off white acid free matting (with a second piece of black matting creating a border around the image). In extremely good condition, with no fading or acid burn. Crisp, and clear. Frame measures 33 X 30 CM (13 X 12 inches). Metal wire hanger across back. To the bottom right of the image is Phillips' signature (in pencil). A great image.

 

Boulet MBL233. Edition unknown, a later of Phillips' works. A bold image depicting a bear upon rocks with it's head turned and profile visible. Behind him delicate lines create a smooth waterfall. The excellent quality of framing and pristine condition makes this print especially desirable.

 

 

 

 

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The Source of the Bow. 1936

Aquila Books #134154                             $1100

             

16.5 X 10.5 CM (6.5 X 4 inches) original black ink wood engraving on paper. In 2.5 CM (1 inch) brushed gilt decorative wooden frame with only very slight wear. Off white acid free matting. In extremely good condition, with no fading or acid burn. Crisp, and clear. Frame measures 33 X 32.5 CM (13 X 10 inches). Metal wire hanger across back. To the bottom right of the image is Phillips' signature (in pencil). A great image.

 

Boulet MBL217. Edition unknown. A bold image depicting flpwing water under sharp and jagged rocks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ski Trail. 1945

Aquila Books #134111                                 SOLD $2250

 

10.5 X 7.5 CM (4 X 3 inches) original colour woodcut print on paper. In 1.5 CM (0.6 inch) ribbed brushed gilt wooden frame with only very slight wear. Off-white acid free matting (with embossed simple embossed frame around image) and Tru Vue UV protectant conservation glass. In extremely good condition, with no fading or acid burn. Crisp, clear colours. Frame measures 37.5 X 23.5 CM (14.75 X 9.25 inches). Metal wire hanger across back. To the bottom right below the image is Phillips' signature (in pencil). With Master's Gallery provenance label on back.

 

Boulet MBL240. At least 200-300 prints were produced in 1946 as Phillips' Christmas greeting card. An interesting image showing two skiers amidst the trees. The detail in the clothing and face of the closer skier provides a beautiful contrast to the simple green outlines of the trees behind.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Eckington Bridge. 1929                                                                                                                              

Aquila Books # 132547                                                                                                                             SOLD $1750

 

Original colour woodcut. Signed at the bottom right corner, in pencil, by the artist. 8" X 6" (20.5 X 15.5 cm).

In brushed gilt and red wooden frame with off-white matting. Wire hanger at the back. Frame measures 13.5" x 12" (35 x 30.5 cm). A richly detailed image with soft warm colours; the woodcut shows a brick bridge which reflects beautifully in soft shadows onto the slowly drifting water beneath.

 

Boulet MBL127. Edition of 50.  Eckington is a small village near to the southern border of the English county of Worcestershire. It is renowned for its famous bridge (pictured in the woodcut), which is also the subject of a poem by Arthur Quiller-Couch.

 

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Fall, Assiniboine River. 1931

Aquila Books #132548      

                                               $1850

Original colour woodcut.

Signed at the bottom right corner, in pencil, by the artist. 8.5" x 7.25" (26.5 x 18.5 cm). In decorative painted wooden frame and beige matting. Frame measures 15.5" x 13.5" (39 x 34.5 cm) and is painted dark brown with wooden squares, which have been painted a more reddish brown, attached at the corners for decoration. The frame has a metal hanger at the back.

 

The woodcut displays bright and warm autumn colours which fill the soft, organic shapes trees, water and clouds.

 

Boulet MBL150. Edition of 200. The Assiniboine River (pictured in the woodcut) is a 1,070-kilometre (660 mi) river that runs through the prairies of Western Canada in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. It is a tributary of the Red River.

 

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Cineraria. 1928                 SOLD $1750

Aquila Books # 132550

 

Original colour woodcut.

Signed at the bottom right corner, in pencil, by the artist and numbered 294 on the opposite corner. 8.5 x 7.25" (22 x 18 cm). In thin gilt painted wooden frame and white matting; frame measures 14.5 x 13" (37 x 33.5 cm) and has a wire hanger on the back.

 

A bright and active woodcut with strong lines and contrasting colours.

 

Boulet MBL117. For a reproduction of the image see page 110 in Boulet "The Tranquility and the Turbulence".

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Water Lilies. 1927                  $1750

Aquila Books #132541

 

7.25 X 5.25" (18.5 X 13 cm). In gilt brushed wooden frame with white matting. Frame measures 13.25 X 13.5" (33.5 X 34.5 CM) and has a metal hanger at the back. Numbered 48 in pencil on the bottom left of the image with the artists signature, in pencil, on the bottom right.

 

The image is beautifully coloured, showing cheery white lilies floating among light waves and round playful lily pads.

 

Boulet MBL105. Edition of 250.

 

 

 

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Winter Road- Greeting Card. 1946           SOLD $1250 

 

 Original colour woodcut.

Signed at the bottom right corner, in pencil, by the artist. 3.25 X 5.25" (8.5 X 13cm). In thin decorative wooden frame and white matting; frame measures 11.75 X 13.5" (30 X 35 CM) and has a metal hanger affixed to back (the frame is lightly worn).

 

A serene woodcut depicting a tree in the winter, blanketed with snow and casting it's playful shadow upon the bright ground beneath. A beautiful combination of blues and white.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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                                                                                    Lily. 1932                                                SOLD  $975

                                                                                       Original B/W Woodcut 5" X 2.75" (12.5 X 7 cm).

In thin black frame with gilt decoration and off-white matting; frame measures 10 x 8" (25 x 20 cm). Wire hanger at the back.

Signed at the bottom right corner of the image, in pencil, by the author. Affixed to the back of the frame is a small card which says 'Christmas Greetings' and is signed "From Banff, Gladys and Walter Phillips".

 

A bold image depicting a lily floating around circular pads; the bold contrast, dynamic lines and subtle cross hatching make this small woodcut particularly interesting.

 

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