Tuesday, April 20, 2021


This large and diverse collection of paintings on the one wall in this part of the Gallery usually has folders at either end identifying the paintings. Because of Covid, that has not been the case, and while scanning a code was available, I didn't partake this time. I've featured this elegant painting before, but attempts to find its identity in my past posts were unsuccessful.

This one I remembered the title of. Mortgaging The Homestead is by George A. Reid. It dates to 1890.

The signature on this one gave me a lead through the Gallery's website. It's Miss Audrey Boller, by Randolph Hewton, dating to 1922-23.

Returning to The Group of Seven. This is The Hilltop, by Franklin Carmichael, dating to 1921.

It was common for Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven to work in the wilds with a field kit of paint  brushes and small canvases, do a sketch of a location, and then bring that to full life on canvases in the studio. These paint sketches are some of those.

Here we have Moonlight, by Thomson, done around 1913-14.

Two paintings by J.E.H. Macdonald, another member of the Group. Both date to 1918, and have similar titles. Gleams On The Hills I is at top. Gleams On The Hills II is below it.

Closng out the day: Spring Ice by Thomson, dating to 1916. 


  1. I love "The Hilltop". I could live happily with that on my wall!

  2. The painters were the photografers when cameras didn't exist ! We would never have known how people were dressed, like this beautiful dress in the first picture !

  3. Interessant die alten Bilder zu betrachten
    ist aber bei uns zur nur sehr begrenzt möglich
    ich hoffe mal das es zum Sommer besser wird.


  4. The signature on a painting really helps - when it's legible that is,

  5. ...I enjoy the landscapes best!

  6. Love the lady in gold.
    (Despite I don´t like gold... no logic).

  7. I like the first painting the most of today's collection.

  8. They’re all amazing but the landscapes really capture my interest!

  9. Neat to see all of those little sketches lined up.

  10. I believe "Miss Audrey Boller" was at the AGO at one point. I remember thinking how long her arms were.

  11. i enjoy paintings ... seeing what the artist using material wise. way cool. what fun. hope ur week starting off well. take care. can't believe how quickly April is flying by. ( ;

  12. @John: it's a terrific painting.

    @Italiafinlandia: it is.

    @Gattina: that's true.

    @Noke: thank you.

    @Jan: me too.

    @David: this one was.

    @Tom: they're wonderful.

    @Iris: thank you.

    @Gemel: she stands out.

    @Laurie: mine too.

    @Anvilcloud: I think so.

    @Catarina: every once in awhile a work gets loaned out.

    @Beth: thank you.

  13. I really like that last one by Thomson. I don't think I've seen it before.

  14. They are all wonderful paintings, my preferred is Mortgaging The Homestead.

  15. I'll call her the lady in white.

  16. Awesome artwork photographed ~ XX

    Living moment by moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  17. Have just been back to catch up on missed posts William, have enjoyed seeing the diverse range of art in the National Gallery. Visiting art galleries is one of my favourite things, so thank you for the virtual tour 💙

  18. @RedPat: it's a good one.

    @Karl: that one is outstanding.

    @Sharon: a good variant.

    @Carol: thank you.

    @Janey: thanks!

    @Grace: you're welcome.

    @Bill: it's such a good one.

  19. Ohh i like those paintings!What did they look rich and nice elegent those days!

    Thanx for sharingVery inspiring!
    Sorry my broken english

  20. Quintessential Canadian artist-Thomson.

  21. I look forward to some day again visiting an art museum.

  22. I have always enjoyed all of the Group of Seven artists. Lots on display at the Mc Michael Gallery in Kleinberg and also at the AGO.

  23. That was different and I would imagine rather fun to be your own art detective this year, tracing the painting’s creators on your own. I loved learning about the Group of Seven last time . .... I spent some time wandering among your tulip gardens before reading your post. They are beautiful!

  24. I think one reason why I like Group of Seven so much is that they do paint on location and that is one thing I just can't seem to do well. They capture it so well. I adore those portraits.

  25. The portraits of the ladies are gorgeous.

  26. Sinulla on mahtava reportaasi upeista vanhoista maalauksista.

  27. Such gracious times, if you had money for clothes and art!

    1. The mystery image is featured on the gallery webpage. I was curious and took a look. Maybe crowdsource on Twitter? I love me a mystery!!!