David Milne
Under the Porch 1927
Oil on canvas
12 x 16 in

Big Moose Lake, Adirondacks, N.Y. 13 September 1927

Oil on canvas

12×16 in.

Milne inventory #207.98

Provenance

Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto c.1980

Private collection

Grace Borgenicht Gallery, New York, 1990

Private collection

Exhibited

Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto, Centenary

Exhibition, 1982, #7

The verandah of the staff house at the Glenmore Hotel on Big Moose Lake provided David Milne with a sheltered painting place on several occasions. Under the Porch as well as The Glenmore, Big Moose, and Hotel Across the Way were all painted from this location.

During the five years between the spring of 1924 and 1929, Milne’s life was split between Big Moose Lake in the summers (where his time was largely absorbed by building a teahouse) and Lake Placid in the winters (where he and Patsy ran the teahouse at Ski-T, at the foot of the Intervale ski-jump). The construction schedule at Big Moose Lake and the responsibilities at the Lake Placid Club cut heavily into Milne’s painting time and, although he produced some outstanding paintings, his overall production fell sharply.

David Milne Jr and David P. Silcox, David B. Milne, Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings, Toronto, 1998, cat. no. 207.98