J.W. Beatty R.C.A.

Lake Edith, Jasper Park, 1914

oil on board
8x10 in.

Private Collection, Alberta;
Canadian Art Galleries, Calgary;
By descent to Private Collection, Alberta;
Sale of Cowley Abbot, May 28, 2019;
Private collection

In the summer of 1914, John William Beatty was in Jasper National Park, together with A.Y. Jackson, on a sketching trip to gather material for The Canadian Northern Railway. The Northern
was the competition for The Grand Trunk Pacific, and having built their lines at great expense, they needed clients. Artwork was the main calling card for the west at the time, and Beatty and Jackson
had a job to do, create great work to entice travellers to board the train. They worked in the vicinity of the line, walking the short distance from it to Lakes Edith and Annette, and then Lac Beauvert,
near Jasper Park Lodge. They also worked along the Athabasca River, and in the vicinity of Jasper townsite. Beatty’s delicate painting depicts the lake bordered by glowing fall colour. He worked in an impressionistic manner, with a delicate and sensitive touch, showing us the mountains that are now home to Marmot Basin ski hill, with Lake Edith in the near ground. It is a charming and idyllic work.

(1869-1941) Born in Toronto, Ontario , Beatty, quit school early to work as a house painter and engraver. He became a fireman in Toronto and married Caroline Cormack who was inspirational in his development as an artist. He studied under J.W.L. Forster, George A. Reid, F.M. Bell-Smith and William Cruikshank…