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medium: Oil »
support: on wood panel »
year(s): 1915 »
The Tent
November 1915
Oil on wood panel
8 7/16 x 10 9/16 in. (21.5 x 26.8 cm)
Inscription recto: l.r., TOM THOMSON (incised) Inscription verso: t., in ink, by Mrs. Frank Cooper, The Tent where Dr. R.M. McComb, T. Wattie, / and Tom Thomson Camped. Round / Lake - 1915 / painted by Tom Thomson / The World's greatest artist; on frame, Property of Margaret Ghent bequeathed to Jennifer Ghent / 2/7/60

Exhibition History

1998 Algonquin: Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery, Algonquin Park, Ontario, Algonquin Memories: Tom Thomson in Algonquin Park, no. 16.
2002 Thomson: National Gallery of Canada; Art Gallery of Ontario, Ottawa, Ontario, Tom Thomson, no. 72 (repr. col.).
2011 Dulwich: Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, Painting Canada: Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven, no. 22, Pl. 18 (repr. col.).

Published References

Ghent 1940: "In the Spotlight: Some Memories of Tom Thomson's Art in Algonquin Park"
Ghent 1942: "Tom Thomson Sketch in Kitchener Home"
Ghent 1949: "Tom Thomson at Island Camp, Round Lake, November 1915"
Addison 1969: Tom Thomson, The Algonquin Years, pp. 46–47.
Town & Silcox 1977: Tom Thomson: The Silence and the Storm, p. 144 (repr. col.).
Hannon 2002: "Sunday in the Park With Tom," p. 82 (repr.).
Reid and Hill 2002: Tom Thomson, pp. 133, 225 (repr. col.).
Silcox 2002: Tom Thomson: An Introduction to his Life and Art, p. 19 as private collection [sic].
Belmore 2003: Rebecca Belmore: The Named and the Unnamed, p. 34 (repr.).
Dejardin 2011: Painting Canada: Tom Thomson and The Group of Seven, p. 85 (repr. col.).


The four corners of the sketch are pierced by pin holes, which suggest that the work may have been hung by pins in an early show. Other works with this feature include Burnt Country, Spring 1915 (1915.33),  Aura Lee Lake, Spring 1916 (1916.55) and Algonquin Evening, Fall 1916 (1916.106)

Record last updated July 4, 2017. Please note that the information on this and all pages is periodically reviewed and subject to change.