About J.W. Beatty

J.W. Beatty

(1869 – 1941)

Painting in Northern Ontario from 1909, and accompanying Group of Seven members Lawren Harris, A.Y. Jackson, and Arthur Lismer on various sketching trips, J. W. Beatty was a painter who strove to develop a uniquely Canadian art.  Beatty was born in Toronto, attending school until the age of 13, after which he was apprenticed to an engraving firm. After preliminary instruction in Toronto, Beatty studied in London and in Paris at the Académie Julian. He also travelled in Holland, Belgium, Italy and Spain. Upon his return to Toronto, he taught art classes and painted in Quebec and Northern Ontario. In 1914, he moved into the newly constructed Studio Building; the same year he and A. Y. Jackson were commissioned by the Canadian Northern Railway to paint in the Rocky Mountains.  Beatty was elected to the Ontario Society of Artists and the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and was president of the Arts and Letters Club in 1912.

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