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medium: Oil »
year(s): 1914 »
Pine Island
Summer 1914
Oil on composite wood-pulp board
8 9/16 x 10 1/2 in. (21.7 x 26.7 cm)
Inscription recto: l.r. (in blue paint), TOM THOMSON Inscription verso: c., in graphite, 2888; l.r.q., in graphite, 8 3/8 x 10 1/4 / Nov 22, 1957 Bauer (82); l.c., in ink, In my opinion this sketch / is by Tom Thomson / A.Y. Jackson

Exhibition History

2011 Dulwich: Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, Painting Canada: Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven, no. 9, Pl. 43 (repr. col.).

Published References

Duval 1967: The McMichael Conservation Collection: A Catalogue of Outstanding Work by Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven, as 1915 (repr.).
Duval 1970: Canadian Art: Vital Decades, McMichael Conservation Collection, (repr.).
Duval 1973: A Vision of Canada: McMichael Canadian Collection, pp. 30, 170 (repr.).
Fulford 1977: An Introduction to the Arts in Canada, p. 75 (repr.).
Laing 1979: Memoirs of an Art Dealer, p. 76.
McMichael 1983: p. 28 (repr. col.).
McMichael, R 1986: One Man's Obsession, p. 86.
McMichael 1989: McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Twenty-fifth Anniversary Edition, 1965-1990, pp. 174–175.
Murray 1999b: Tom Thomson: Trees, pp. 80–81 (repr. col.).
Murray 2006a: McMichael Canadian Art Collection, One Hundred Masterworks, pp. 174–75 (repr. col.).
Dejardin 2011: Painting Canada: Tom Thomson and The Group of Seven, p. 112 (repr. col.).


Nancy Eves of Queensville, Ontario, the granddaughter of Percy James Robinson (1873-1953), and Lisa Anderson, Peterborough, Ontario, his great granddaughter, own a photograph of pines on Pine Island, South Pine, Georgian Bay. The photograph shows the group of trees on the island which Thomson painted in this sketch, though from the rear. The resemblance, however, is close enough to indicate that Thomson painted this sketch in Georgian Bay. South Pine once belonged to Joan Howard (b. August 14, 1918), left to her by her grandfather William James Loudon in 1954. Howard was married to Gilbert de Beauregard Robinson, the son of Percy James Robinson. The island was in Howards name until she gave it to the Nature Conservancy of Canada. 

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