Dunn's River Jamaica Dec 14 30
pencil on paper
unsigned but title and date in CW’s hand
18 cm. x 23 cm.
Framed 2006 by Railway Gallery, Elizabeth Glover, June 2006
Estate of the artist
By descent to Margaret and Harold Stacey, Willowdale, Ontario
By descent to Callie Stacey and Jean-Guy “Chuck” Richard, Lakefield, Ontario
Sketch made by CWJ while on a trip to the falls with the Frasers. “At Moneague he enlarged this sketch on a sheet of his wonderful Whatman paper dated 1850 so he had it all ready for colour. It was a breezy afternoon and he made an excellent beginning. There is no sky to be seen. Just a varied green background with the beautiful falls at the center. I think is going to make a beautiful picture and the paper answers like a charm to every touch…” Letter from Clara Jefferys to her daughters, Jan. 30, 1931. Quoted in Stacey,1976.
The finished watercolour, dated January, 1931, is in the collection of Mrs. G.A. Fee, and is illustrated on p. 78 of Stacey, 1976, titled “Waterfall in Jamaica”, dated 1931.
Exhibited: “Endless summer: Canadian artists in the Caribbean.” McMichael Canadian Collection, Feb. 28-May 15, 1988. cat. #37, p. 37 “Dunn’s River Falls is one of Jamaica’s most popular tourist attractions. Dunn’s River surges down over a series of rock terraces and flows into the sea. There is a large watercolour, Waterfall in Jamaica (private collection) based on this sketch.”