Much Smaller Image
Sign, July, 1961
Private collection Toronto
48 x 48", 122 x 122 cm
Oil on 1/4" Hardboard
Titled Byzantium by the dealer Dorothy Cameron,
This is what Bob Fulford had to say about it in 1962.
Donella Taylor bought the work from the Here and Now Gallery
in '62 and showed it off in City and Country Home magazine in
1987 (above right) where it was said to be painted in 1960
although it clearly says July 1961 on the back.
In May of 2006 the painting turned up at auction (above left)
with an estimated value of $2000-2500, no title, and the date
of July 1951. Nevertheless it went for over $55,000.
The catalogue for Ted Fraser's show Sixteen Years: 1958-74,
which borrowed this work from the Taylors, calls it Byzantium.
On the back is "Sign Number 5". But that is also on the back
of the next painting, and much more neatly. A mystery.