JAMES EDWARD HERVEY MACDONALD, O.S.A., R.C.A.
LANDSCAPE WITH TREE
oil on board
signed with initials
10.5 ins x 8.5 ins; 26.7 cms x 21.6 cms
J.E.H. MacDonald had several periods in his career which art historians have generally categorized geographically; Algoma, British Columbia, Nova Scotia and finally Barbados. In between those periods, MacDonald painted the terrain near his home in Thornhill, called “Four Elms”, named for old towering trees that flanked the property. Here we likely have a small sketch from this location. A portrait of a tree, centred in the composition and capturing its best side. It’s likely an elm tree, branching ever outward beyond the frame. It’s a late summer day with a hazy light shining through, illuminating the yellow ground below. Perhaps a favourite tree, on a property that was central to the happiness of MacDonald and his family.
Collection of Major General A.E. Walford
By desccent to Private Collection, Toronto