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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Untitled 'Colour Abstract'
Marian Dale Scott
acrylic (18x14 in) 1988
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Hunting Deer
Allen Sapp
acrylic (24x18 in) 1968
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Epoque
Henriette Fauteux-Masse
oil on canvas (43x30.5 in) 1960
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Me and My Brother Playing
Allen Sapp
Acrylic on Canvas (16x20 in) 2005
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Shooting a Chicken
Allen Sapp
acrylic (24x30 in) 1971
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Indians in Canoes
Frederick Arthur Verner
Watercolour (20.7x40 in) 1903
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Beaver
Norval Morrisseau
Acrylic (22x30 in) circa 1969
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Sans titre
Marcelle Ferron
oil on canvas (57.5x44.75 in) 1963
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Canadian Storm Trooper
William Kurelek
mixed media (4x5 in) 1974
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Sleigh ride Over a Bridge
Maud Lewis
acrylic (11.5x11.5 in) 1965
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