Artwork by James Edward Hervey MacDonald,  Harvest, Thornhill
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Consignor Canadian Fine Art
326 Dundas St West
Toronto ON M5T 1G5
Ph. 1(416)479-9703

Lot #26

J.E.H. MacDonald
Harvest, Thornhill

oil on board
dated 1931 lower right; signed, titled and dated “Aug. 1, 1931” and inscribed “G. of 7 ‘31” on the reverse
8.5 x 10.5 ins ( 21.6 x 26.7 cms )

Estimated: $25,000.00 - $35,000.00

Provenance:
Gift from the artist
By descent to the present Private Collection, Toronto
J.E.H. MacDonald was persuaded by Lawren Harris to take up landscape painting as a full-time career in 1912, which led him to resign from his position as a graphic designer at Grip Ltd. in Toronto, and move his wife and family to Thornhill. The two artists sketched scenes of Toronto and its environs together; MacDonald’s favourite locations to paint were the Humber Valley, High Park and Thornhill. During the following decade, with fellow Group of Seven members, he produced several oil sketches of landscapes across the country, during trips to Georgian Bay, northern Ontario, Algoma, as well as the Rockies.

In “Harvest, Thornhill”, MacDonald returns to his preferred and familiar subject of Thornhill. The charming oil sketch demonstrates the artist’s ability to capture atmosphere and showcases his life-long love of cloud-effects. The delicate pastel pigments used in the rolling fields evokes MacDonald’s European impressionist influences. This work was completed in August of 1931, only a few months before the artist suffered a stroke and relocated to Barbados to recover.
Sale Date: May 28th 2019

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James Edward Hervey MacDonald
(1873 - 1932) Group of Seven, OSA, RCA

J.E.H. MacDonald was born in Durham, England in 1873 of Canadian parents. He took evening art classes at the Hamilton Art School as a teenager, before relocating to Toronto. In Toronto, he studied at the Central Ontario School of Art. From 1894, he worked as a graphic designer at Grip Ltd. In 1903, he sailed for England and joined Carlton Studios, a London graphic firm. On his return to Canada in 1907 he rejoined Grip and began to paint the landscape near Toronto. Around this time, Tom Thomson joined the Grip staff. Frank H. Johnston joined a short time later. These artists found that they had much in common and began going on sketching trips as a group. In 1910, he exhibited for the first time at the Royal Canadian Academy. By 1912, all the original members of the Group of Seven had met and were sketching quite regularly together. MacDonald was devastated by the accidental drowning of Tom Thomson in 1917. He designed a brass plaque to Thomson's memory which was mounted to a cairn erected at Canoe Lake. The first official Group of Seven exhibition took place in May of 1920. MacDonald accepted a teaching position at the Ontario College of Art in 1921 and was appointed as principal in 1929. He continued to go on painting trips, but his teaching responsibilities sapped his energies and he did few large canvases during this time. He died in Toronto in 1932.