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Historical Paintings, Watercolours, Drawings and Prints

Libby's gallery holds shows of historical art including The Group of Seven
and many of their contemporaries from the 30's and 40's.
To see other historical paintings please call us for an appointment.

Terms & abbreviations:
ARCA - Associate of Royal Canadian Academy
CGP - Canadian Group of Painters
OSA - Ontario Society of Artists
RCA - Royal Canadian Academy
SCA - Society of Canadian Artists

Artists are listed alphabetically

ROY AUSTIN, OSA
1910-1997

Roy Austin grew up in the rural town of Orangeville, Ontario.  He studied painting and design under J.W. Beatty, J.E.H. MacDonald, Frank Carmichael and Yvonne McKague Housser at the Ontario College of Art. He was a member of the Arts and letters club, honorary member of the Ontario Society of Artists and participated in exhibitions with the Royal Canadian Academy. After 20 years of operating his own company “Austin Displays Limited”, at the age of 59, he went with his wife to Grenada to paint the local scene for five years.  He returned to Canada in 1974 and settled in the city of Cambridge continuing to paint many famous Ontario scenes. In the artist’s characteristic frankness, he says of his painting, “I don’t put myself into my painting; the landscape puts itself into my painting”.  Austin is perhaps best known for his portrayal of southwestern Ontario’s small towns, villages and country sides. 

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LEON BELLEFLEUR, RCA
(1910-?)
Born in Montreal, Quebec. Attended evening classes at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Montreal.  He was influenced by Alfred Pellan and later "controlled automatism".  In 1955 he painted in Paris, taught in Montreal and was a member of the Artistes Non-Figuratifs.

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three canoes

RALPH W. BURTON
(1905-1983)
Born in Newington, Ontario. Studied in Ottawa and then in Paris under the famous Professor Chaume.  After serving with the R.C.A.F. during World War II he attended the Banff School of Fine Art wehre he met the artist that most influenced his painting career A.Y. Jackson.  Burton focused on landscape and after 1951 wanted to record the human element of rural Ontario and Quebec so his paintings became more of a record about people and their lifestyles.  

Libby's have published a booklet on this artist - see Booklet page on this website.           

"The Green House"
oil on panel

Catalano The Bridge

FRANKLIN CARMICHAEL, O.S.A., R.C.A., CGP
1890-1945)
An original Member of the Group of Seven.  Born in Orillia Ontario.  He studied at the Ontario College of Art with William Cruikshank and GA Reid, the Toronto Technical School with Gustav Hahn, and at the Antwerp Academy in 1913. He worked as a commerical artist and then taught at the Ontario College of Art from 1932-45.

 

"Village in Winter"
coloured woodcut

Swallowtails

ALFRED JOSEPH CASSON, O.S.A., P.R.C.A., CGP
(1898-1992)
Became a Member of the Group of Seven in 1926. Born in Toronto he began studying art with JS Gordon at the Hamilton Technical School.  Later studied with Harry Britton at the Ontario College of Art and at the Central Technical School.  Worked with Franklin Carmichael in commerical art.  He was a founding member of the Group of Painters in 1933.

"Blue Heron"
serigraph

Cowie Shimmering

PARASKEVA CLARK, OSA, RCA, CSPWC, CGP
(1898-1986)
Born in Leningrad, Russia.  After the revolution she attended the Free Studio where she studied uner Vassily Schoukaeff and Petrov-Vodkin from 1918 to 1921. She moved to Paris in 1923 and later to Toronto in 1931.  Clark was greatly influenced by Cezanne and later Picasso and is known for her portraits and Canadian landscapes.

"Maple and Stream"

Edwards Gardens, Water Wheel

STANLEY COSGROVE, RCA
(1911-2002)
Born in Montreal, Quebec. Studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Montreal and the school of the Art Association of Montreal under Edwin H. Holgate.  He won a Province of Quebec prize for painting in 1939 and worked in Mexico with Jose Clemente Orozco until 1944.  He also won a Canadian government fellowship to study in France in 1953.  He later taught at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Montreal.

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Dvorak Sugar Bush

LIONEL LEMOINE FITZGERALD, CGP
(1890-1956)
Born in Winnipeg and studied at the AS Keszthelyi's school of art in Winnipeg and then worked in a publishing house and at displays and interior decoration.  Further studying at the ARt Students League in New York with Kenneth Hayes Miller and Boardman Robinson.  He taught at the Winnipeg School of Art from 1924-49.  FitGerald was a member of the Group of Seven and a founding member of the CGP in 1933.

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Dvorak Sugar Bush

JOACHIM GAUTHIER, OSA, RCA, CSPWC
(1897-1988)
Born near North Bay, Ontario he studied at Tocoma, Washington under sculptor Victor A. Lewis, also J.E.H. MacDonald and Franklin Carmichael.  He was a commercial artist for Sampson-Matthews Limited for over 37 years.  HE was commissioned by the McMichael Conservation Collection at Kleinburg to do portraits of Tom Thomson, The Group of Seven members and some of their contemporaries.

Libby's have published a booklet on the artist - see Booklets page on this website.

 

"Spring Fantasy"
oil on board

JULIUS GRIFFITH, OSA, RCA, CSPWC, CSGA
(1912-1997)
Born in Vancouver he studied at the Vancouver School of Art under FH Varley and JWG MacDonald.  Further studied at the London County Council Central School of Arts and Crafts, England under John Farleigh and Noel Rooke and at the Royal College of Art under Sir William Rutherstein and Gilbert Spencer.  He was influenced by modern French artists and Canadian artist David Milne.  He had one man shows of water colours at Picture Loan Society Toronto from 1954 to 1966.  He was invited to exhibit in the Canadian section of the Brooklyn Museum show in 1959 and the First International Biennial Show of Prints in Tokyo in 1957.  He had a one man show of prints at the Art Gallery of Hamilton in 1960 and a watercolour show at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in 1962.  Griffith won a prize for the "Best Water Colour" at Rodman Hall, St Catherines in 1963.

Libby's have published a booklet on the artist - see Booklets page on this website.

 

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FREDERICK S. HAINES, OSA, PRCA, CSPWC, CPE
(1879-1960)
Born in Meaford, Ontario Haines has left a legacy of etchings and paintings which preserve the pastoral landscapes from the first half of the 20th century.  An advocate of the arts in Canada, he was known not only as an accomplished artist, he also dedicated himself through public service.  He was President of the Ontairo Society of Artists and the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, Director of the Art Gallery of Toronto and Principal of the Ontario College of Art.  HE is known for his creative stain glass.  Haines sketched with his friend JEH MacDonald and his cousin Frank Carmichael who were members of the Group of Seven.

Libby's have published a booklet on the artist - see Booklets page on this website.

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BOBS COGILL HAWORTH, OSA, ARCA, CGP, CSPWC
(1904-1988)
Born in Queenstown, South Africa.
Studied at the Royal College of Art, London, England and moved to Toronto in 1923. Was assigned to record activities of the Canadian Armed Forces in BC during World War II and design silkscreen prints for the National Gallery of Canada. She taught at the Toronto Central Technical School and lectured at the University of Toronto.

Libby's have published a booklet on this artist - see Booklet page on this website.

"Signal Masts-Farther Point, PQ"
oil on panel, 12 x 14 ins

PETER HAWORTH, OSA, RCA
(1889-1986)
Born in Lancaster, England.
Studied at the Royal College of Art, London. He came to Canada in 1923 and was appointed Director of Art at the Toronto Central Technical School. He did commissions in stained glass including 14 panels for First Baptist Church, Ottawa, in Toronto and Montreal. In 1936 he was elected president of the CSPWC. Was assigned to record activities of the Canadian Armed Forces in BC during World War II. He painted mostly landscapes and later developed a semi-abstract style.

Libby's have published a booklet on this artist - see Booklets page on this website.

"Mount Temple"
oil on panel
Exhib: Art Gallery of Toronto, 1946; OSA Little Picture Show

EDWIN HEADLEY HOLGATE, RCA, CGP, CSGA
(1892-1977)
Born in Allandale Ontario he studied at the school of the Art Association of Montreal under William Brymner and in Paris at the Grande Chaumiere and Julian academies.  He returned to Canada and studied in Montreal.  He painted at Skeena River BC with AY Jackson in 1926 and became a Member of the Group of Seven. Later was a founding member of the Canadian Group of Painters.  He taught at the school of the Art Association of Montreal from 1935-40 and was an official war artist with the Air Force in Canada and England from 1943-44.

 

 

"The Woodcutter"
woodcut, 7 x 9 ins

NICHOLAS HORNYANSKY, OSA, ARCA, CPE
(1896-1965)
Born in Budapest, Hungary he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts under Prof. Ballo and Prof. Pasteiner.  At the age of 16 he was co-exhibitor in the Grand Salon of Budapest.  He did post graduate studies in Vienna, Munich, Antwerp and Paris and in 1919 he went to Belgium for 9 years.  He then travelled to England and continued his portrait painting before returning to Paris to further study colour aquatint printmaking.  He came to Canada in 1929 were he began exhibiting with the Royal Canadian Acadamy and the Ontario Society of Artists.


 

 

"On the Edge of the Bush"
coloured aquatint

YVONNE MCKAGUE HOUSSER, OSA, RCA
(1898-1996)
Born in Toronto.
Attended O.C.A. and later taught there. Studied at the Academie de la Grnade Chawmiere, the academie Colarossi, the Academy Ranson and in Vienna. Two of her works were reproduced as silkscreens by Sampson Matthews in the 1940's. She was awarded with the Baxter Purchase Award at the OSA 47th Annual Exhibition.

"Left by the Tide" c.1953
oil on board, 12 x 16 ins

LEONARD HUTCHINSON, O.S.A., R.C.A.
(1896-1980)
Born in England.
Studied under John S. Gordon at the Hamilton School of Art. He is well known for his fine woodblock colour and black/white prints.

"After Rain"
aquatint, 10 x 12 ins

ALEXANDER YOUNG JACKSON, O.S.A., R.C.A.
(1882-1974)
Original Member of the Group of Seven.  Born in Montreal.  He began working for a lithographing house.  Studied with Edmond Dyonnet and William Brymner at the Monument National in Montreal and went to Paris  and Rotterdam in 1905.  In 1906-7 he went to Chicago to work in advertising design and attended evening classes at the Art Institute.

"River, Alaska High'y"
silkscreen, 20 x 27 ins

Rain, Queen St. East At Beech

JERRINE WELLS KINTON, AOCA
(1891-1971)
Born in Waterloo, Ontario.  Her association with the Group of Seven and their contemporaries began while attending the Ontario College of Art where she studied under Charles M. Manly, Robert Holmes and J.W. Beatty.  She was also a close friend of A.Y. Jackson's whom she probably first met at the Madawaska Club, Go Home Bay, Ontario.  Kinton Exhibited in the juried exhibitions in the 1950's at the National Gallery of Canada, The Art Gallery of Toronto and in various exhibitions of the Royal Academy.

 

"Haliburton"
oil on board

FRANZ JOHNSTON, O.S.A., A.R.C.A.
(1888-1949)
Original member of the Group of Seven.  Born in Toronto and studied at the Central Technical School under Gustav Hahn, Central Ontario School of Art under William Cruikshank and GA Reid, in Cincinnati and at the Pennsylvania Academy under DAniel Garber  and Philip Hale.  He worked at Commerical art in New York and the Grip Ltd in Toronto.  Johnston painted for the Canadian War Memorials in 1917-18  and later held a principals job at the Winnipeg School of Art 1920-24 before returning to Toronto to teach at the Ontario College of Art from 1927-9.  He had a summer school on Georgian Bay from 1930-40.  Johnston was offered a flight to Eldorado Gold Mines by Gilbert LaBane to paint the north.  This 5 month trip in 1939 was Johnston's most significant experiences of is life.

"Eldorado, Great Bear Lake, NWT"
oil on canvas board, 8 x 10 ins

Modlinski

ARTHUR LISMER, O.S.A., R.C.A.
(1888-1949)
Original member of the Group of Seven.  Born in Sheffield England he studied at the Sheffield School of Art from 1898-1905 and the Antwerp Academy from 1906-7 before coming to Canada in 1911.  He visited Georgian Bay with Dr JM MacCallum in 1913 and Algonquin Park with Tom Thomson in 1914.  He Taught at the Ontario College of Art from 1915-16 and was principal at the Nova Scotia College of Art in Halifax from 1916-19.  He painted in Halifax for the Canadian War Memorials from 1917-18 and then moved back to Toronto where he was vice-principal of the Ontario College of Art from 1920-27.  HE was a member of the Canadian Group of Painters.  Lismer was also Educational supervisor at the Art Gallery of Toronto from 1929-36, founder of children's classes there and went to South Africa on a Carnegie educational project in 1936.  He taught at Columbia University in New York from 1938-9, did educational work at the National Gallery of Canada and in 1940 became principal of the school of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.  From 1948 he also taught at the McGill University.

"Still LIfe with Flowers"
pencil

Piquet

JAMES EDWARD HERVEY MACDONALD, O.S.A., R.C.A.
(1873-1932)
Original member of the Group of Seven. Born in Durham England he came to Canada in 1887 and studied at the Hamilton Art School and the Central Ontario School of Art in Toronto under William Cruikshank and GA Reid.  He worked as a graphic designer for Grip Ltd in Toronto from about 1895 and at the Carlton Studio in London  from 1904-7.  He made his first trip to northern Ontario in 1909 and Georgian bay in 1910.  He started his painting trips to Algoma with Lawren Harris and other in 1918, followed by other trips to Atlantic Coast, the Rocky Mountains and the West Indies.  MacDonald taught at the Ontario College of Art from 1921, principal from 1929-32.  He was a founding member of the Canadian Group of Painters.

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MANLY MACDONALD, OSA, ARCA
(1889-1971)
Born at Point Anne, Ontario he studied at the Ontario College of Art under GA Reid, attended the Albright Art School in Buffalo and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.  Traveled throughout Europe on an RCA scholarship.  He was a painter for the Canadian War Memorials.  Known as "The Interpreter of Old Ontario" he established a studio in Toronto but returned to the Bay of Quinte area often for his subjects. 

Libby's have published a booklet on this artist - see Booklet page on this website.

"Bay of Quinte"
oil on canvas

WILLIAM GOODRIDGE ROBERTS, R.C.A.
(1904-1974)
Born in Barbados came to Fredericton as an infant.  He studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Montreal and the Art Students League in New York under John Sloan, Max Weber and Boardman Robinson.  He taught at Queen's University in Kingston from 1933-6 and at the school of the Art Association of Montreal from 1939-43.  He was an offical war artist witht the Air Force from 1943-5.  Roberts won a government scholarship to work in France from 1953-5, afterwards lived in Montreal and then a resident artist at the University of New Brunswick from 1959-60.

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STUART CLIFFORD SHAW
(1896-1970)
Born near Collingwood Ontario he attended the Toronto Technical School and the Ontario College of Art studying under FS Challener and JW Beatty.  He was a Canadian landscape painter of the impressionist school who painted prolifically from about 1925 to 1965 mostly in the lake country of northern and southern Ontario and several  sketching trips to BC while exhibiting in many places in Ontario.

"Baysville"
oil on board, 8 x 10 ins

DOROTHY STEVENS, OSA, RCA, CPE
(1888-1966)
Born in Toronto and studied at the Slade School in London England with Henry Tonks, P Wilson Steer.  Also studied at the Colarossi and Grande Chaumiere academies in Paris.  She traveled in Europe on an RCA scholarship in 1919.  After this she taught children's classes at the Women's Art Association in Toronto and painting at the Ontario College of Art.


"Aircraft Hanger"
etching

GEORGE THOMSON, OSA
(1868-1965)
Born near Clairmont, Ontario he was an elder bother of Tom Thomson, the famous artist who painted o9ut of Algonquin Park and inspired the formation of The Group of Seven.  George was a fine painter in his own right.  He spent his early years in Leith, Ontairo and studied law at the University of Washington Seattle, 1901.  For a time he ran a businesss school in Seattle but took up painting in 1906 and studied at the Art Students League in New York as well as the Old Lyme, Connecticut.  Thomson lived in New Haven from c1908-26.  He submitted and sold paintings through the Royal Canadian Academy from 1918-1950.  In 1926 he returned to Canada and lived in Owen Sound to continue to paint mostly landscapes in oil.

Libby's have published a booklet on this artist - see Booklets page on this website.

 

"Clouds"
oil on board, 10 x 12 ins

MARGARET THOMSON
(1884-1979)
In the 1950's Margaret and their brother Fraser began to join George on his painting trips in the spring and fall to Georgian Bay and the Muskoka region.

Libby's have published a booklet on this artist - see Booklets page on this website.

 

"Muskoka Road, 1963"
oil on board, 10 x 12 ins

gary smith

TOM THOMSON
(1877-1917)
Born near Claremont, Ontario, then moved to Owen Sound.
In 1910 he joined Grip Limited, a printing company in Toronto, where he met JEH MacDonald, Arthur Lismer, Fred Varley and Frank Carmichael; from 1912-1914 he worked for Rous and Mann. He traveled and painted with these artists until his early death.

 

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Christian Thibault

FREDERICK HORSMAN VARLEY, A.R.C.A.
(1881-1969)
Original member of the Group of Seven.  Varley was born in Sheffield England studying at the Sheffield School of Art from (c1892-9) and the Antwerp Academy.  He came to Canada in 1912 and worked as a commerical artist for Grip Ltd and then at Rous and Mann till 1917.  His first trip to Algonquin Park with Lismer and Jackson was in 1914.  He painted for the Canadian War Memorials in France in 1918.  He taught at the Ontario College of Art from 1925-6 and in Vancouver he was head of the painting department at the Vancouver School of Art from 1926-33.  In 1933 he founded the British Columbia College of Art and was a founding member of the Canadian Group of Painters.  In Ottawa he taught at the Ottawa Art Association from 1936-40.  He travelled to the Arctic in 1938 before returning to Montreal in 1940 and on to Toronto in 1945.

"Autumn Farmland"
watercolour, 9 1/4 x 12 ins



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