J.E.H. MacDonald

On Little Turtle Lake c.1922,

oil on board
8.5 x 10.5 in

Gull River, Ontario
(near Coboconk)

Provenance:
Klinkhoff Gallery, Montreal
H.R. Milner, Edmonton
Kaspar Gallery, Toronto
Sale of Sotheby's Canada, Tuesday, June 16, 1998, lot #174
Private Collection, Calgary

Exhibited:
Edmonton Art Gallery, Milner Collection, Extended Loan, #38

The 1920 Algoma trip was the culmination of ten years of virtual freedom from a regular job for J.E.H. MacDonald. He had enjoyed almost a decade of painting and freelance design, but the monetary rewards had been meagre, and by 1921 he was obligated by financial pressures to accept a full-time teaching post at the Ontario College of Art.

To relax from his tensions as a teacher, MacDonald went sketching during the summer to Coboconk in the Haliburton region of Ontario. He never returned to Algoma after 1920, and for the next few years sketching trips were less demanding.
At Coboconk, he stayed with a former fellow worker at Grip Limited, Fred Peel, who owned a lumber mill and cottage in the area. For several years after Algoma, MacDonald made regular trips there.

The Tangled Garden, The Art of J.E.H. MacDonald by Paul Duval