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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Fish in Net
Robert N. Hurley
tempra (13x17 in) 1950
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People Have Visitors
Allen Sapp
acrylic (16x20 in) 1982
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Watering the Horses
Allen Sapp
Acrylic (24x36 in) 1972
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Untitled Abstract
Guido Molinari
Oil on Canvas (19.75x24 in) 1954
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Manitoba Mountain
William Kurelek
Oil on Panel (48x48 in) 1971
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Frood Lake, La Cloche
Alfred Joseph Casson
Watercolour (10.5x13 in) 1950
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Visiting Friend’s Place at Little Pine Reserve
Allen Sapp
Acrylic on Canvas (18x24 in) 1973
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Epoque
Henriette Fauteux-Masse
oil on canvas (43x30.5 in) 1960
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Untitled Abstract
William Ronald
watercolour (18x23.5 in) 1971
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Ben Loman Harbour
Maud Lewis
Oil on board (12x16 in) circa 1952
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