Fonds MG 40 - Thoreau MacDonald fonds [Graphic material and other material]

Sketch of Wooden Pail by Thoreau MacDonald, n.d. Thornhill, ca. 1915 Holy Trinity Church, ca. 1920 Thornhill Wesleyan Methodist Church, n.d. Thoreau MacDonald Fonds, 1901-1989, n.d. 141 Centre Street, ca. 1950 JEH MacDonald House, 121 Centre St., Thornhill, n.d. Seager House, Thornhill, n.d. Thornhill House, n.d. Thoreau Macdonald, Thornhill, n.d.
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Thoreau MacDonald fonds [Graphic material and other material]

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CA CoV Archives MG 40

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  • 1920-1957 (Creation)

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  • 29 book plates
  • 100 photographs: b&w; 28 x 36 cm or smaller
  • 41 drawings: pencil on paper; 30 x 33 cm or smaller

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Thoreau Macdonald, son of Group of Seven Artist and Vaughan resident J.E.H. MacDonald, was an artist and book designer, working predominantly for Ryerson Press in Toronto until his retirement in 1960. Born in 1901, Thoreau possessed his father's love of Canada's natural beauty, this sentiment finding expression in work ranging from oil paintings, watercolours, black and white sketches to sculpture. He died in his father's house in Thornhill (the historic J.E.H. MacDonald House) in 1989.

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Fonds consists of 29 book plates, 100 black and white photographs (including images of Yonge St, Arnold Ave, Elizabeth St, Centre St, Bathurst St, Hwy 7 and Seager farm and other agricultural scenes in Thornhill) 41 sketches done in pencil, and several write-ups on Thoreau Macdonald.

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  • English

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Bay 6, Sh. 11 (M987.1; M999.8)

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