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Catalogue entry

Pine Island
Summer 1914
Oil on composite wood-pulp board
8 9/16 x 10 1/2 in. (21.7 x 26.7 cm)
Inscription recto: l.r. (in blue paint), TOM THOMSON Inscription verso: c., in graphite, 2888; l.r.q., in graphite, 8 3/8 x 10 1/4 / Nov 22, 1957 Bauer (82); l.c., in ink, In my opinion this sketch / is by Tom Thomson / A.Y. Jackson


The work has no studio stamp; hence, gift of artist to person unknown?
Laing Galleries, Toronto
Robert and Signe McMichael, Kleinburg, 1956
McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg (1966.16.70). Gift of the Founders, Robert and Signe McMichael, Kleinburg

Exhibition History

Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, United Kingdom, Painting Canada: Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven, October 19, 2011–January 8, 2012, no. 9, Pl. 43 (repr. col.).
Traveled to: National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo, Norway, January 29–May 13, 2012; The Groninger Museum, Groninger, Netherlands, June 3–October 28, 2012.

Published References

Duval, Paul. The McMichael Conservation Collection: A Catalogue of Outstanding Work by Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven. Toronto: Clarke, Irwin, 1967, as 1915 (repr.).
Duval, Paul. Canadian Art: Vital Decades, McMichael Conservation Collection. Toronto, Vancouver: Clarke, Irwin & Company Limited, 1970, (repr.).
Duval, Paul. A Vision of Canada: McMichael Canadian Collection. Toronto: Sampson Matthews Limited, 1973, pp. 30, 170 (repr.).
Fulford, Robert. An Introduction to the Arts in Canada. Toronto: Copp Clark Publishing & the Citizenship Branch, Department of the Secretary of State of Canada, 1977, p. 75 (repr.).
Laing, G. Blair. Memoirs of an Art Dealer. Vol. 1. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1979, p. 76.
p. 28 (repr. col.).
McMichael, Robert. "One Man's Obsession." One Man's Obsession. Scarborough: Prentice-Hall Canada Inc., 1986, p. 86.
McMichael Canadian Collection of Art. McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Twenty-fifth Anniversary Edition, 1965-1990. Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 1989, pp. 174–175.
Murray, Joan. Tom Thomson: Trees. Toronto: McArthur & Company, 1999, pp. 80–81 (repr. col.).
Murray, Joan. McMichael Canadian Art Collection, One Hundred Masterworks. Kleinburg: McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 2006, pp. 174–75 (repr. col.).
Dejardin, Ian. Painting Canada: Tom Thomson and The Group of Seven. London: Dulwich Picture Gallery, 2011, p. 112 (repr. col.).


Nancy Eves of Queensville, Ontario, the granddaughter of Percy James Robinson (1873-1953), and Lisa Anderson, Peterborough, Ontario, his great granddaughter, own a photograph of pines on Pine Island, South Pine, Georgian Bay. The photograph shows the group of trees on the island which Thomson painted in this sketch, though from the rear. The resemblance, however, is close enough to indicate that Thomson painted this sketch in Georgian Bay. South Pine once belonged to Joan Howard (b. August 14, 1918), left to her by her grandfather William James Loudon in 1954. Howard was married to Gilbert de Beauregard Robinson, the son of Percy James Robinson. The island was in Howards name until she gave it to the Nature Conservancy of Canada. 

Record last updated April 4, 2016. Please note that the information on this and all pages is periodically reviewed and subject to change.