On today’s date in 1981, Canadian artist Lawren Harris’ South Shore, Baffin Island sold for $240,000—then a record for a Canadian painting.
At the time, it was the most valuable painting to ever cross the auction block in Canada.
More recently, in 2001, South Shore, Baffin Island sold for a new record of $2.2 million.
Born on Oct. 23, 1885, Harris was a Canadian painter born in Brantford, Ont. He became one of the best-known landscape painters of the Group of Seven, a group of artists who set out to create a distinctly Canadian art, in which he pioneered a distinctly Canadian painting style in the early 20th century.
Harris later died on Jan. 29, 1970.
In 1969, Canada’s Post Office Department (known as Canada Post since 1981) commemorated another Harris painting, Bylot Island, on a 15-cent stamp (Scott #463).
Printed by the Canadian Bank Note Company, the dull purple stamp has 12 perforations and Winnipeg two-bar tagging.
In 1995, Canada Post again commemorated Harris’ work – this a painting called From the North Shore, Lake Superior – on a 43-cent stamp (SC #1559).
Printed by the Canadian Bank Note Company on fluorescent coated paper, which was used instead of tagging, the stamp has 13.5 perforations.