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Since 1763 the name 'Russborough' has been synonymous with collecting and dealing in fine art. In the closing decades of the last century the historic town of Port Hope has become home to Lord Russborough's Annex, which specialises in an individual mix of antique maps, paintings and prints.

While Lord Russborough's Annex features a great many works of museum calibre, we also offer a wonderful selection of prints priced at under $100.

An extract of our paintings currently available:

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Bjarnason. T. Eastman E-2
Houston, J. White Dawn

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J.J.Holland lovers

J.J.Holland three Women

JOHN JEFFERY HOLLAND

Canadian

A. Lovers
B. Three women

Dry ink & coloured Markers, Signed & Dated 1993 (Bottom Right). Glazed, matted metal Frame 13 1/4 x 10 1/4" (33.7 x 26 cm.) Frame 19 1/4 x 16 1/4"

Ref. 233 RI 260a&b /ANNea/dd.annn >RVL ea

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Holland J. J. Faces

          John Jeffery HOLLAND
Canadian
1940-
Untitled [Faces]
Dry ink & coloured Markers on rag paper, Signed & Dated 1993 (Bottom Right) Glazed, matted, metal Frame
10 x 12” (33.7 x 26 cm.)  Frame 191/4 x 161/4"

Ref.455  RI 458 /DLN/e.andg >RSL 

TOM  BJARNASON
Canadian
 1925 – 2009

EASTMAN E-2

Watercolours, wash and whitening on paper. Signed (bottom right)  double matted glazed framed.
15 ¼ x 17 ¼"  (38.8 x 43.8 cm.)  Frame:   22 3/8 x 24 3/8"

Ref. 396 KmacP4/RNN/ e.anda > DOLN            PRICE CODE D


This painting by Tom Bjarnason was used as the cover of the Canadian Aviation Historical Society Vol. 25 No.1 Spring 1987
06/30/2009. Designed by James 'Jim' Eastman and Tom Towle of Beasley-Eastman Laboratories of Detroit, Michigan, the prototype (c/n 1) of this sesqui-flying boat flew from the Detroit river in 1927. The prototype was registered NX3643 and was initially powered by a 90 hp Anzani radial, later by a 120 hp Warner Scarab radial.
Also known as the Beasley-Eastman Flying Boat, the hull construction consisted of an aluminum skin on a wooden framework, while the wings and tail empennage were built of wood and metal with a doped linen covering. Pilot and two passengers sat in two separated open cockpits. Seventeen more E-2's were produced, all powered by a 185 hp Curtis R-600 Challenger six-cylinder two-row radial.
In 1930 an amphibian version was developed, designated E-2-A, two aircraft were produced (NC474M, NC476M), while three flying boats were converted (NC466M, NC470M, NX592M). One E-2 (NC464M) was converted to the E-2-D, fitted with a 225 hp Packard diesel engine.
The sole surviving E-2 Sea rover is preserved at the British Columbia Aviation Museum, Sidney, British Columbia, Canada.
Unique to Canada and British Columbia, and the only example left in the world, it is one of 18 designed and built by Tom Towle and Jim Eastman of Detroit Michigan, and one of five used in British Columbia for many years. The aircraft displayed there has been restored by using the remains of two Sea Rovers, CF-ASY and CF-ASW.

Tom Bjarnason 1925 - 2009 was the last of eight children, born in 1925 at Winnipeg. His love affair with airplanes began the moment he got close enough to touch one.
He studied commercial art at the Winnipeg Art School, then spent three years at the Meinzinger Art School in Detroit, Mich. He returned to Toronto to begin his lifelong career as a commercial artist. As a premier illustrator for Readers Digest and Star Weekly but also in other facets of art. In its March 1998 edition, Century Home Magazine featured Tom and his Studio.
One of the highlights of his career was his commission by the Canadian Department of National Defense to travel to Germany to illustrate the activities of the Canadian Armed Forces for the Peacetime Artists Program. Many of these works are displayed in the collection of the National War Museum in Ottawa. His aviation paintings were published in popular Canadian magazines.Commissioned by the Department of National Defence’s Canadian Armed Forces Civilian Artists Program (CAFCAP). From 1968 until 1995 this program recorded the forces in their peacetime roles both at home and abroad.
Bjarnason’s paintings are unusual in both style and composition. He layers on transparent ink and acrylic (often white) and renders outlines as part of the work. Although he has created lovely oil pastels, he avoided oil paints because of the drying time required to finish a canvas. Traditionally, aviation artists compose their craft in flight, with clouds and endless blue backdrops, but Bjarnason had a different vision. The majority of his planes are on the ground or just lifting off and juxtaposed with the people who work on them. His background in commercial illustration is apparent in his lines and strong original compositions. He enjoyed a busy career as a commercial artist which included the design of 21 stamps for Canada Post. He has nine paintings in the collection of the Canadian War Museum.

James Houston O.C. F.R.S.A. 1973
Shooting ' White Dawn' Annie Shoo stands in the cold waiting for her cue
Original Pen & ink sketch by James Houston

Matted, glazed, natural wood frame 13 1/4 x 10 3/4" approx. ( 33.7 x 27.3 cm. approx.) Frame 20 3/4 x 16 3/4
Ref. JG4 (143) /AVL/l.andg>LOL        PRICE CODE C

The White Dawn is a 1974 Canadian/American film, released in 1974, directed by Philip Kaufman and starring Warren Oates, Timothy Bottoms, and Louis Gossett Jr. It is based on the 1971 novel, The White Dawn: An Eskimo Saga, by James Archibald Houston, who co-wrote the screenplay.

It portrays the conflict between aboriginal peoples' traditional way of life and Europeans' eagerness to take advantage of them. The film employs authentic Inuit dialect, which adds to the overall realism.

Born in St. Catherines Ont, Houston studied art as a child with Arthur Lismer and was educated at the Ontario College of Art (1938–40), After the war, he went to the Eastern Arctic to paint and lived there for twelve years. He was a northern service officer and civil administrator of western Baffin Island. Perhaps his biggest accomplishment was his work in the Eastern Arctic of Canada, developing Inuit art for the Canadian Handicrafts League (the Guild). In the early 1950s the Guild began to help the Inuit people of Port Harrison (Inukjuak) Quebec, and later Cape Dorset to sell their arts and crafts.

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