Sampson - Matthews Wanted for Purchase or Consignment

(1939 - 1955)

During World War II, Group of Seven members A.Y. Jackson and A.J. Casson initiated a plan to bring contemporary art to Canada's soldiers. Jackson was a veteran of the First World War and wanted to improve the appearance of the drab army barracks and barren mess halls. At the time A.J. Casson was the art director at the Toronto design firm of Sampson-Matthews Limited. With Casson’s expertise in silkscreen printing they were able to produce a very high quality print at low cost. Screening oil colours onto masonite board produced artworks of vivid colour that were also exceedingly durable.

The landscape subjects chosen represented scenes from every part of Canada. Many of the works were already well known and considered masterpieces in their time. Some of the artists whose work was selected included Emily Carr, Lawren Harris, Arthur Lismer, Thoreau MacDonald, David Milne and Tom Thomson. Among others, Charles Comfort and A.Y. Jackson contributed original works conceived especially for this series. Apart from brightening Canadian Army Barracks, these prints, which were sent to all parts of Canada, to England and to Germany, were used to recall the beauty and dignity of the homeland for the troops. They instilled not only a patriotic pride but also a pride in Canada's artists.

Historical Sale Highlights

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The Covered Bridge
Maud Lewis
Oli on Board (11x14 in) circa 1962
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Dan Ritchie Farm at Birds Hill
Leo Mol
Acrylic (12x16 in) 1974
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Spirits of the Past 6/50
Henry Eric Bergman
wood block prints (6x7.25 in)
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The Ancestors
Norval Morrisseau
acrylic on paper (62x32 in) circa 1968
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North of Saskatoon
Henry Thomson
oil on panel (10x12 in) 1937
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St Rose, Quebec
Robert Lougheed
oil on panel (12x16 in) 1944
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La Cloche Island
Alfred Joseph Casson
oil on panel (12x15 in) 1960
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Pacific Coast
Toni Onley
acrylic (19.5x24 in) 1976
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Forest Scene
John William Beatty
oil on panel (10.5x13.5 inch) 1929
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Sunbird II 3/5
Sorel Etrog
Bronze (96x36x36 in) circa 1962-1964
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