“This is not only an aesthetically attractive picture, but also a historically invaluable work by a great artist and scientist whose discovery improved and extended the lives of millions of people,” said the head of the auction house, David Heffel. According to him, when the lot was put up for sale, twenty plates rose at once in the hall. The winning bid was made by telephone, and a spokesman for the auction house said that the “Lab”, written in 1925, had gone to “big hands”.Laboratory Frederick Grant Banting1925, 25.1 × 34.6 cm Heffel will donate the buyer’s premium - about $ 46,000 - to the Center for Diabetes Research, named after Frederick Banting and his assistant, Charles Best. The staff of this department of the Medical Faculty of the University of Toronto is engaged in diabetes research, curriculum development, and patient care.
The auction took place just a few days after World Diabetes Day, which is celebrated on November 14 - the birthday of Frederick Banting. On the same day, he, along with Best, submitted the results of his research to the Medical Journal of the University of Toronto.Frederick Banting (right) and his assistant Charles Best in 1924. Photo: Wikipedia Before Banting and Best made their breakthrough discovery in 1921, diabetes was a deadly disease. Banting received the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1923, along with a lecturer at the University of Toronto, John MacLeod, but he shared his prize money with an assistant.
As an artist, he was less known, wrote mostly landscapes, but in the painting “Laboratory” combined the two most important things in his life. This is supposed to be the only interior painted by Banting, and this is the very room where he opened insulin. The inscription on the frame indicates that the picture of the laboratory is shown at exactly 2 am.Honey Bay Frederick Grant Banting1933, 20.6 × 26 cm The first owner of the work was Sadie Gairns, another assistant Banting. She handed it to a lab assistant named Jean Orr, whose descendants sent the piece up for auction. It was shown publicly once - in 1943, two years after Banting’s tragic death - at an exhibition dedicated to his work at the university.
The current auction set a record for the work of Banting. Before this, the most expensive of his works was the landscape. The development of the genre from antiquity to the present day: how did religion and the invention of oil painting techniques contribute to the formation of the genre in Europe and why is the Hudson River so important? Read more "Honey Harbor" (1933). In 2013, it was sold at auction for 70.2 thousand Canadian dollars with a premium (69 thousand US dollars). Arthiv: read us in Telegram and look on Instagram
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