Old House Humber Valley J.W. Beatty

Oil On Canvas
20 × 24 inches
50.8 × 60.96 cm

J.W. Beatty had early associations with the Group of Seven. In 1909 he sketched with Lawren Harris in Haliburton in the spring and Memphremagog in the fall. In 1914, he sketched in Algonquin Park with J.E.H. MacDonald and A.Y. Jackson. Beatty's work is generally considered to have been an early influence on Tom Thomson - the two sketched together in Algonquin Park and they both had space at the Studio Building in Toronto. It was Beatty who built the cairn to Thomson's memory at Canoe Lake in 1917. In 1912, Beatty was elected president of the Arts & Letters Club in Toronto, an important meeting place for members of the Group. During World War I, he was commissioned as a war artist with the Canadian Expeditionary Force in 1917. After the War, he returned to teaching at the Ontario College of Art, Toronto. This painting of an old, snow covered house in the Humber Valley was painted in 1918 in Toronto.

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