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Prints1028 of 1305ANTIQUE PICTURE CALLED "HAYMAKING"Gustave Dore Etching by Engraver Pannemaker, from Inferno Canto 5, "The Unfortunate Love of Paolo and Francesca"
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Posted 6 years ago


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Can anyone please help me with the artist who drew this, his signature is hard to decipher I have emailed the theatre on numerous occasion but! have never heard back, would love to know so I could do some research and no something about him/her, thank you.

A bit more information... the paper has faintly down one side 'HAYLE MILL 29' and on the other 'HAND MADE' and in the top right hand corner...( a crown) R.W.S. (followed by the London address) GUARANTEED PURE PAPER. though this extra information may help.


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  1. vanskyock24 vanskyock24, 6 years ago
    i love this dont know the artist yet but i will check also. if you find out please post. i would say its a good piece as 73 was the first year they started up
  2. inky inky, 6 years ago
    Hoping someone here can help, I have been trying for years. Thank you for your interest and possible help.....:-)
  3. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 6 years ago
    Niagara on the lake was in Canada not the USA. You would have better luck asking questions on their site. Start with the event then work downward to the hundreds of items offered.

    Looks like a nice piece if it is original.
  4. inky inky, 6 years ago
    Hello! thank you but! I have actually have emailed the 'Shaw Festival Theatre' quite a few times and have never heard back from them. Thank you for your link, I also have gone through their website and clicked on everything! trying to find something! but to no avail. I was given this many years ago and it is an original! I would just like to know a bit of it's story and who the artist is. Thank you once again for your interest and help.
  5. inky inky, 6 years ago
    A bit more information... the paper has faintly down one side 'HAYLE MILL 29' and on the other 'HAND MADE' and in the top right hand corner...( a crown) R.W.S. (followed by the London address) GUARANTEED PURE PAPER. thought this extra information may help.
  6. vanskyock24 vanskyock24, 6 years ago
    hayle mill was a paper making plant
  7. inky inky, 6 years ago
    I googled Hayle Mill and found it made hand made paper popular with artist, which means that this must be an original painting, does it not? Thank you vanskyock24
  8. vanskyock24 vanskyock24, 6 years ago
    no doubt it is a original still trying to find out who the sketch artist is. anyway we are finding more info. this piece might be worth more than you know.
  9. vanskyock24 vanskyock24, 6 years ago
    inky did you find out anything else
  10. inky inky, 6 years ago
    Hi!.. no I have found a site that has Canadian sketch artists and painstakingly analyzed each name against ours, but! nothing anything like it ..:-( of course it may not be a Canadian artist but was worth a try, how about you? it's very frustrating isn't it?
  11. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 6 years ago
    Keep going and you will find it.
  12. inky inky, 6 years ago
    Thanks....I will but! it has been along time tryiiiiing!! now.
  13. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
    I just tried this on facebook:
    1973 was an important year for them with a Royal Visit and Trudeau there too!
    1973 ?YOU NEVER CAN TELL by Bernard Shaw?
    THE BRASS BUTTERFLY by William Golding?
    FANNY’S FIRST PLAY by Bernard Shaw?

    Hav you seen the photo of GBS in a swimsuit?
    He took it himself!
  14. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
    There's also a book:
    Not bloody likely : the Shaw Festival, 1962-1973 / text by Brian Doherty, [production photos. by Robert C. Ragsdale ... et al].

    Doherty, Brian
    [Don Mills, Ont.] : J. M. Dent & Sons (Canada), [1974].
    159 p. : ill., ports. ; 27 cm.
    ISBN 0460936484 :

    It might well have mention of it in there!
  15. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
    I found another 'costume' photo here with stripes this time but without bodyboard.

    You can buy a Wedgwood memorial plate of the opening on ebay for under $10.
  16. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
    The Artistic Director of the Festival at the time was Paxton Whitehead . I think he is still alive. He might well know some details.
  17. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
    The poster theme of the sea-side suggests the opening play of the Shawfest season in 1973: YOU NEVER CAN TELL. It opened the new theatre, with the Queen doing the ribbon cutting.
  18. inky inky, 6 years ago
    In all my searching I have! come across the famous photo of Bernard Shaw in his striped bathing suit and always thought that my sketch had something to do with it. I will take the time to read all the links that you have very! kindly given me and hopefully will find something about the artist. Do you think that I would some how be able to contact Paxton Whitehead, maybe through the Shaw Festival Theatre?
  19. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
    Not sure yet how to do that.
    Perhaps he has a facebook page!
    Everyone else has one.
    The other tangent I went on was about you NZ cartoonist David Low: problem is that he died 10 years before. Doh! But that last part of the signature looked a little like 'Low'. But why should it have been a Canadian or US artist?
    Perhaps you should look further than North America!

    There is reference to the new theatre having a new symbol: page 87 and the image is on page 91 of this document. This was full on promotion of the new theatre with important designers working on the project:

    University records may hold some info too:
    The Archibald Henderson Collection?
  20. inky inky, 6 years ago
    Thank you vetrio50 for all the above links, I have started to read through them.

    I am in awe of your knowledge!

    I had an email from the Shaw Festival this morning saying that they were looking into it for me, but! this was only after me writing again! three weeks ago asking if they had received my last! email, I am not holding my breath as I have been now trying to get some contact with then for over three years, but you never know! maybe I will hear from them, but not soon, I fear.....:-)
  21. EverythingO, 6 years ago
    The signature is of one Duncan Ian Macpherson, the political cartoonist for the Toronto Star. His signature can be found on the internet and it confirms that it is Duncan's. His bio can also be found on Wikipedia. Hope this helps
  22. Pop_abides Pop_abides, 6 years ago
    Isn't that just great, just needed the right person to see it ! I'm sure that inky will be Very Happy.
  23. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
    A great result!
  24. inky inky, 6 years ago
    I am so thrilled... I had an email off a lovely lady this morning (who again I thank...:-) and yes! I am eating my foot!) from the Shaw Festival informing me of the artist. Now I know, I can start to read all about him. I have all ready done a little research and found out this (in the link) which I have tried to add as a link but not being comp savvy! it may not happen, but here goes!

    I would like to also thank those who I know have done allot of research on my behalf, it was very much appreciated.

    I would also like to say that I have had great fun since finding this site and feel that I have found a great way to gain some much needed knowledge from so many! knowledgeable people, I know that I am going in time! find out more about all my 'finds', as well as being able to share. Thank you!
  25. Budek Budek, 6 years ago
    What a beautiful lithograph! Great image, excellent quality print and it appears to be unmounted,......that's super! It's a treasure, Congratulations on your find and it's identification,
  26. inky inky, 6 years ago
    Thank you Budek...I have loved him for a long time and as you can see I was more than a little bit pleased to find out who the artist was, but! I have to confess and admit my ignorance, I had never heard of him, but do now!!....:-)
  27. rsgold, 5 years ago
    I just inherited the same poster from my parents who were at the Shaw Festival in 1973. I was thrilled to find your post as I was just beginning my search of the artist. My husband and I are going to Niagara on the Lake this weekend for the first time and was planning on inquiring about the poster. Thanks for doing the work for me!! My poster is # 230/250/
  28. inky inky, 5 years ago
    I am really pleased my post has helped you!

    It took me 15 years before I could find out about mine, wasn't to bothered at first as enjoyed just having it, but then I started to wonder who the artist was and started to slooowly! research then and more intensively as time went on.

    Came up so many brick walls but eventually as you can see with perseverance!.. mind you, you being on the spot might have been more successful sooner!

    Nice to hear from you and I hope you have a wonderful weekend and if you find out anything else would love to know.....:-)
  29. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Isn't the site amazing, inky!

    Enjoy Niagara on the Lake, rsgold!
  30. inky inky, 5 years ago
    Hello vet and yes!... there is allot of good people in this great! forum and am really pleased to have found it along with some new, good friends........:-)
  31. inky inky, 5 years ago
    Thank you scandinavian_pieces - musikchoo and Manikin!.....:-)
  32. inky inky, 5 years ago
    Many thanks..undreal!....:-)
  33. inky inky, 5 years ago
    Thank you blunderbuss2!....:-)
  34. shell59, 5 years ago
    Another fascinating story, how exciting to finally find out about the artist.

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