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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Watching the Evening Flight
Clarence Tillenius
Oil on Canvas (10x14 in) 1980
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Dark Pattern
Robert Genn
acrylic (11x14 in) 2006
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The Bather 32/100
Walter Joseph Phillips
Woodblock (11.5x7.75 in) 1923
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Horses Under Straw Pile On Winter Night
William Kurelek
oil (5x10 in) 1971
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Morning Girl 8/12
Leo Mol
Bronze (19x12.5x10.5 in) 1987
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Portrait of a Trapper
Nicholas de Grandmaison
oil on canvas (20x16 inch) 1940
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Old Age
William Weston
oil on canvas (36.25x40.25 in) 1939
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Ancient Beauty Ever Old and Ever New
William Kurelek
mixed media (24x24 in) 1975
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The Hillside Home
Robert Lougheed
oil on panel (10x12 in) 1938
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White Tailed Deer
Alfred Joseph Casson
Silkscreen (8.5x10.25 in) 1945
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