Private collection, Kansas City, Missouri
Estate of above
Sale, Soulis Auctions, Lone Jack, Missouri, March 18, 2023, lot 27, from above
Note: Newtown Creek is a tributary of the East River running between Brooklyn and Queens in New York. By the early twentieth century, the area had become a major industrial site with numerous refineries active along its banks. Jack Lorimer Gray’s depiction of Newtown Creek features a Paragon Oil building on the left and smoke rising past the distant view of the Manhattan skyline.
Best known for his marine and harbor paintings, Jack Lorimer Gray was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and studied at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. After two years, he left school and went on sketching trips both alone and with former classmate Joseph Purcell, living above a fish store. By the mid-1940s, his interest in marine subjects was so strong that rather than drawing the figures in his life drawing classes at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, he instead sketched a boat hull. He went on to spend several seasons with a Nova Scotia dory-fishing fleet,