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Support: on wood »
Year(s): 1916 »
Summer 1916
Oil on wood
8 7/16 x 10 9/16 in. (21.5 x 26.8 cm)
Inscription recto: l.l., estate stamp

Inscription verso: c., estate stamp; l.l., in graphite, no. 48 Mrs. Harkness; c., in red pencil, 46; u.r., in graphite, W.C.L.; below stamp in graphite, G; (in 1970) inscribed on stretcher, in graphite, 5 Bateaux Rouges 48. Harkness?
Exhibition History
Mellors Galleries, 759 Yonge Street, Toronto, Loan Exhibition of Works by Tom Thomson, Mellors Galleries, March 13–31, 1937, no. 36, lent by the Art Gallery of Toronto.
Art Gallery of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Pictures Purchased by the Albert H. Robson Fund, October 1947.
Art Gallery of Toronto, Toronto, Comparisons: An Exhibition Organized by the Art Gallery of Toronto, January 11–February 3, 1957, no. 81.
Tom Thomson Memorial Gallery, Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada, Paintings by Tom Thomson: The Second Anniversary Exhibition, May 23–June 15, 1969, no. 7.
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, The Art of Tom Thomson, October 30–December 12, 1971, no. 94, (repr.) Traveled to: Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, January 15–February 3, 1972; Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, February 25–March 31, 1972; Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, April 14–May 28, 1972; Confederation Art Gallery, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada, July 2–September 5, 1972.
National Gallery of Canada; Art Gallery of Ontario, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Tom Thomson, June 7–September 8, 2002, no. 106, (repr. col.) Traveled to: Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, October 5, 2002–January 5, 2003; Musée du Québec, Quebec City, February 6–April 3, 2003; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, May 30–September 7, 2003; Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, September 29–December 7, 2003.
Art Gallery of Ontario, Alexander Hall, The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russian Federation, Tom Thomson, September 10–November 14, 2004, no. 47.
Published References
Robson, Albert H. Tom Thomson. , Canadian Art Series. Toronto: Ryerson Press, 1937, pp. 22–23 (repr. col.)
Buchanan, Donald W. "The Story of Canadian Art." Canadian Geographical Journal 17, no. 6 (December 1938), p. 288 (repr. col.)
McInnes, G.C. "Tom Thomson." New World Illustrated 1, no. 1 (March 1940), (repr.)
[unknown title].Canadian Review of Music and Art (May 1942), p. 9 (repr. col.)
Art Gallery of Toronto. Programme 1947-1948. Toronto: The Gallery, 1948, inside of back cover (repr. col.)
(repr. col.)
Comparisons: An Exhibition Organized by the Art Gallery of Toronto. Toronto: Art Gallery of Toronto, 1957. Exhibition catalogue, no. 81.
Painting and Sculpture: Illustrations of Selected Paintings and Sculpture from the Collection. Toronto: Art Gallery of Toronto, 1959, p. 41 (repr. col.)
Bradfield, Helen. Art Gallery of Ontario: The Canadian Collection. Toronto: McGraw-Hill Company of Canada Limited, 1970, p. 442 (repr.)
Murray, Joan. The Art of Tom Thomson. Toronto: Art Gallery of Ontario, 1971. Exhibition catalogue, pp. 43, 84 (repr.)
Town, Harold, and David P. Silcox. Tom Thomson: The Silence and the Storm. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1977, p. 79 (repr. col.)
Murray, Joan. The Best of the Group of Seven. Edmonton, AB: Hurtig, 1984, p. 45 (repr. col.)
McMichael, Robert. "One Man's Obsession." One Man's Obsession. Scarborough: Prentice-Hall Canada Inc., 1986, p. 41.
Booth, David. Images of Nature: Canadian Poets and The Group of Seven. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 1995, pp. 26–27 (repr. col.) Murray 1994b, 61 (repr. col.)
Reid, Dennis and Charles C. Hill. Tom Thomson. Vancouver/Toronto: Douglas & McIntyre with the Art Gallery of Ontario and the National Gallery of Canada, 2002. Exhibition catalogue, pp. 32, 138, 149, 261 (repr. col.)
Silcox, David P. Tom Thomson: An Introduction to his Life and Art. Toronto: Firefly Books, 2002, p. 40 (repr. col.)
Silcox, David P. The Group of Seven and Tom Thomson. Toronto: Firefly Books, 2003, p. 254 (repr. col.)

W.C.L. on the verso refers to Walter C. Laidlaw who may have considered buying the sketch.

Pointer boats were used mainly in the spring to guide logs down swollen rivers toward sawmills.

Record last updated February 25, 2016. Please note that the information on this and all pages is periodically reviewed and subject to change.
Citation: Murray, Joan. "Bateaux, Summer 1916 (1916.73)." Tom Thomson Catalogue Raisonné. (accessed on January 25, 2022).