Near Cowansville, Quebec, 1944
Continental Galleries, Montreal;
Private collection, Montreal;
Sale of Sothebys, Important Canadian Art, Toronto, May 19, 1993, lot 282;
Private collection, Calgary;
Masters Gallery, Calgary;
Private collection, Edmonton
Prudence Heward took multiple trips throughout rural Quebec over the course of her career, where she produced plein air panel sketches of the landscape. The early 40s were a challenging time for Heward, who suffered life-long health afflictions made worse by a 1939 accident, and then lost her sister in 1943 – this all throughout the societal turmoil of the Second World War. The artist struggled through her personal challenges, and despite them she continued to produce work (the countryside was also likely a welcome escape). Cowansville, Quebec remains an important cultural hub for the Beaver Hall artists and their contemporaries. Lillias Torrence Newton lived there near the end of her life, as did much of Heward’s extended family. To this day, the Musée Bruck in Cowansville holds an impressive collection of Beaver Hall and A.Y. Jackson works.