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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Country Road, L
Alexander Young Jackson
oil (21x26 in) 1935
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Untitled Landscape
Marian Dale Scott
oil on panel (13.5x11 in) 1932
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Horses In The Snow
Allen Sapp
Acrylic (18x14 in) 1968
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The Kerchief
William Winter
oil (10x8 in)
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Marsh, Elephant Lake
Alfred Joseph Casson
oil (24x30 in) 1973
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Untitled
Jean McEwen
oil on canvas (24x18 in) 1957
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Citadel from Quebec
Robert Pilot
pastel (12x14 in) 1924
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Sans Titre
Henriette Fauteux-Masse
oil on panel (11.5x9 in)
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Sans Titre (1958.087H)
Jean Paul Riopelle
oil on canvas (28.5x36 in) 1958
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Untitled-Snap Series
Harold Town
Oil & Ground Tube Oil (60x60 in) 1976
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