Old Masters, 19th and Twentieth Century Art

Les Gourley

"Slipway" Pouch Cove Newfoundland

Les Gourley came to Newfoundland from southern Ontario and painted in St. John's and nearby towns for nearly thirty years - from the mid-1940's to the mid-1970's. He was primarily a watercolorist but painted some oils and did a number of drawings. He produced a line of reproductions of his most popular work. He had a considerable reputation in St. John's during his time. There are some remarkable watercolors held in private collections & a large oil hangs in City Hall in St. John's. Judging from the label on the back, I would say this was painted in the 1940s to early 50s.

​​Pouch Cove is a town in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. It is located on the northeast Avalon Peninsula, 27 kilometers north of St. John's, the province's capital city. The origin of Pouch Cove dates back to 1611, when fisherman from British ships, together with carpenters and other artisans, established a settlement. Avalon Peninsula is the easternmost point of North America.