Listed Canadian Artist: (1892-1977)
Hand Pulled Serigraph: Silkscreen
Signed: Initialed “E.H.” in the screen
Sight size: w: 4 ¾ in. x h: 3 ¾ in.
Title Known As: “Quebec Farm 1931” from Coutts series of cards
Print Condition: Pristine with no condition issues
Hand Carved Frame & Matted: with archival, rag content and acid-free materials throughout

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Take note: This Holgate serigraph is one of a series of 43 serigraphs created in 1931 for Coutts Hallmark Christmas cards. Group of Seven member A.Y.Jackson was the driving force behind this project and twenty-six of Canada’s leading artist were asked to contribute to this fund raising venture for needy artists, which became known as the 'Painters of Canada' series of Chrismas cards. Due to a drastic downturn in the economy brought on by the 1929 stock market crash, this project soon dwindled and after a few years the cards were removed from the marketplace. So, no one knows what happened to the remaining unsold cards, whether they were stored away or thrown out, nor is anyone quite sure how many of these historic Christmas cards still remain in existance today. This Holgate serigraph was matted and encased in-house by us, in a hand-carved frame resembling the style created by the early 20th C. Montreal miniaturist, Willard Morse Mitchell.

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Edwin Holgate


Edwin Holgate


Edwin Holgate


Edwin Holgate


HOLGATE, Edwin Headley RCA, CGP, CSGA, Group of Seven 1929

Edwin HolgateEdwin Holgate was born in Allandale, Ontario in 1892 and studied at the Art Association of Montreal and under Maurice Cullen in summers, as well as with many other well-known talented artists in Quebec and in Paris, France.

He painted Quebec rural farming scenes, streetscapes and figures and is particularly known for his nudes. He also created fine woodcuts and silkscreens and he often signed his work only with his initials. He was member of the Group of Seven between 1929-33 and was a founding member of the highly respected Beaver Hall Hill Group of Montreal.

Holgate, pictured here in a self portrait, was commissioned as war artist in 1943. He exhibited at the Royal Canadian Academy, with the Group of Seven and at the Art Association of Montreal. His work is in many prestigious art galleries around the world and also in numerous private collections.


Edwin Holgate died in 1977.

Print Ref No: 10MOX10SIM-S/TAEEX

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