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Item Name: Painting
Title: Saltcoats Beach
Maker: Charles Highfield
Year: 1937
Country: Canadian
Materials: oil on canvas
Measurements: overall: 54.5 cm x 43 cm
ID Number: PC83.3.5
Legal Status: PERMANENT COLLECTION


Extended Label Info: In this oil painting, several boys are preparing to dive into the water on a hot summer day at the Saltcoats Beach. Some are watching and waiting for the splash and others are making their way over the fence to join their friends. This painting captures the youth of Canada enjoying a summer in the late 1930’s, finding ways to pass the time in the hot, dry prairie summers. This work was painted by Charles Highfield in the late 1930’s and was donated by his daughters to the Regina Public Library’s Permanent Collection after his passing. Charles Fredrick Highfield (1877 -1946), was a Canadian artist in the 1900s, whose daughters donated many of his paintings to the Regina Public Library. It is not known if he had any formal training, but he was a talented photographer and an oil painter who enjoyed painting locations near where he lived in Saltcoats, Saskatchewan. He captured the simple prairie life with his landscape paintings in the 1930s and 40s.