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Support: on wood panel »
Year(s): 1917 »
Tea Lake Dam
Spring 1917
Oil on wood panel
8 3/8 x 10 5/16 in. (21.3 x 26.2 cm)
Inscription verso: three graphite sketches of birds (barn swallows?); t., in graphite, Thundercloud in spring at chute where Muskoka River flows out of Lake / looked at from the left side the rush of water and the feeling of daylight is / very marked as well as the feeling of spring - In the trees or bushes in the foreground on right / side of creek I found a poacher's bag with beaver-skins +c - sketched just before his drowning / JMM.; Backing label, Dr James MacCallum
Exhibition History
Women's Conservation Art Committee, Sarnia, Ontario, Canada, Little Pictures Exhibition, November 1925.
The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C, Group of Seven: Canadian Landscape Painters, January 22–February 20, 1977, no. 11.
High Museum of Art, Atlanta, The Advent of Modernism: Post-Impressionism and North American Art, 1900 - 1918, March 5–May 11, 1986, (repr.) Traveled to: Center for the Fine Arts, Miami; Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York; Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, Ontario, Canada, Six Sketches: Thomas John (Tom) Thomson, Landmarks Series VII, October 16, 1988–January 22, 1989, (repr. col. cover). Traveled to: Woodstock Public Art Gallery, Woodstock, Ontario, Canada, July 20–August 20, 1989; Chatham Cultural Centre, Chatham, Ontario, Canada, August 26–October 1, 1989; Sarnia Public Library and Art Gallery, Sarnia, Ontario, Canada, November 24, 1989–January 8, 1990; Lindsay Gallery, Lindsey, Ontario, Canada, February 2–24, 1990; Laurentian University Museum and Arts Centre, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, March 28–April 22, 1990.
Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, Tom Thomson. The Last Spring, May 4, 1995–January 7, 1996, no. 28.
National Gallery of Canada; Art Gallery of Ontario, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Tom Thomson, June 7–September 8, 2002, no. 139, (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.
Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, Painting Canada: Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven, October 19, 2011–January 8, 2012, no. 42, Pl. 42 (repr. col.) Traveled to: National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo, Norway, January 29–May 13, 2012; The Groninger Museum, Groninger, the Netherlands, June 3–October 28, 2012.
Published References
Duval, Paul. Canadian Art: Vital Decades, McMichael Conservation Collection. Toronto, Vancouver: Clarke, Irwin & Company Limited, 1970, as 1916 (repr. col.)
Duval, Paul. A Vision of Canada: McMichael Canadian Collection. Toronto: Sampson Matthews Limited, 1973, pp. 18, 171 (repr. col.)
Smith, George L. Norman Gurd and the Group of 7: A History of the Sarnia Art Movement. Brights Grove, ON: G.L. Smith, 1974, pp. 33–34.
Town, Harold, and David P. Silcox. Tom Thomson: The Silence and the Storm. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1977, pp. 80, 229 (repr. col.)
Mellen, Peter. The Landmarks of Canadian Art. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart Ltd., 1978, pp. 174–75 (repr. col.)
p. 30 (repr. col.)
McMichael, Robert. "One Man's Obsession." One Man's Obsession. Scarborough: Prentice-Hall Canada Inc., 1986, pp. 266–67.
McMichael Canadian Collection of Art. McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Twenty-fifth Anniversary Edition, 1965-1990. Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 1989, p. 16 as 1917 (repr. col.)
Murray, Joan, pp. 36–37.
Murray, Joan. Tom Thomson: The Last Spring. Toronto: Dundurn Press, 1994, p. 45 (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. 141–42, 295 (repr. col.)
Dejardin, Ian. Painting Canada: Tom Thomson and The Group of Seven. London: Dulwich Picture Gallery, 2011. Exhibition catalogue, p. 109 (repr. col.)
Record last updated February 12, 2016. Please note that the information on this and all pages is periodically reviewed and subject to change.
Citation: Murray, Joan. "Tea Lake Dam, Spring 1917 (1917.33)." Tom Thomson Catalogue Raisonné. (accessed on January 25, 2022).