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Collection Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Preferred Citation

Contact Information

List of Publications

Box List

Thoreau and J.E.H. MacDonald Collection: Finding Aid Compiled by Madeleine Trudeau

Thoreau and J.E.H. MacDonald Collection:

Finding Aid



Collection Summary

Title:Thoreau and J.E.H. MacDonald collection.
Dates:- 1898-1966; predominant 1898-ca. 1930.
Quantity: - 6 items of textual records, 71 items of graphic material and 2 zinc plates.

Biographical Sketch

Thoreau MacDonald (1901-1989), Canadian designer and illustrator, and his father, J.E.H. MacDonald (1873-1932), Canadian artist and founding-member of the Group of Seven, worked as graphic artists at various stages of their careers, creating book covers, illustrations, end papers and book-plates. Thoreau MacDonald, in particular, made book illustration his personal interest, establishing his own Woodchuck Press (late 1930s) and catering to a new vogue for Canadian-made book-plates and labels (1890s-1930s). Despite his long experience in book design, J.E.H. MacDonald created only about 20 book-plate designs in his lifetime.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The collection consists of works by Thoreau MacDonald including: 44 studies and designs for book-plate, collection, and picture labels for various individuals and institutions, 1 pencil sketch of an earlier version of the J.E.H. MacDonald Designs for Bookplates cover design, and 2 Christmas cards. There are also 2 installation photographs of the Art Gallery of Ontario Group of Seven exhibition (1920), and 1 photograph of Thoreau MacDonald's long-term companion, Canadian artist Yulia Biriukova (1895-1972), both annotated by Thoreau MacDonald. The collection further includes 2 zinc plates for two book-plates designed by J.E.H. MacDonald (created for Edward Everett Norwood and Mary Rose Norwood), 1 letter (dated Dec. 24,1898) and 1 postcard, both addressed by J.E.H. MacDonald to his future wife Joan, 16 photographs of the Rocky Mountains by J.E.H MacDonald, and 6 photographs from J.E.H. MacDonald's western tour.

Source of supplied title proper: Title based on contents of collection.

Physical description: Includes: 28 prints, 6 studies, 3 sketches, 1 letter, 1 postcard, 3 envelopes and 1 note.

Immediate source of acquisition: Items were purchased by the National Gallery of Canada from Ritchie's Auctioneers and Appraisers of Antiques and Fine Art, Toronto, 1992 and 1993. The 16 photographs of J.E.H. MacDonald's trip to the Rocky Mountains were purchased by the National Gallery of Canada from Tom Robe Photography, Toronto, 1993.

Arrangement: Collection is organized based on auction lots.

Associated material: For more information, see Visual Resources database record for this collection.

Finding aids: Box list available.

General note: Publications forming part of the collection are listed with the finding aid for the collection and have been added to the National Gallery of Canada's library collection.

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Index Terms

Names:
Biriukova, Yulia, 1895-1972
MacDonald, J.E.H., 1873-1932
MacDonald, Thoreau, 1901-1989
Subjects:
Bookplates, Canadian
Document Types:
Bookplates.
Books.
Cards.
Photographs.
Sketches.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Title of item], Thoreau and J.E.H. MacDonald collection, Library and Archives, National Gallery of Canada.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Items were purchased by the National Gallery of Canada from Ritchie's Auctioneers and Appraisers of Antiques and Fine Art, Toronto, 1992 and 1993. The 16 photographs of J.E.H. MacDonald's trip to the Rocky Mountains were purchased by the National Gallery of Canada from Tom Robe Photography, Toronto, 1993.

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Contact Information

Cyndie Campbell
Head, Archives, Documentation and Visual Resources 
Library and Archives 
National Gallery of Canada 
380 Sussex Drive 
P.O. Box 427, Station A 
Ottawa, Ontario 
K1N 9N4 

T 613-990-0597 
F 613-990-9818 

[email protected]

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List of Publications

MacDonald, Thoreau, J.E.H. MacDonald Designs for Bookplates, Woodchuck Press, 1966. (autographed and annotated)

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Box List

BoxFolder
Box 1File 1Book-plate and Collection designs
File 2Designs and studies for book-plates
File 3Studies and designs : book-plates and picture labels
File 4Christmas cards
File 5Photographs: Group of Seven, AGO
File 6Photograph of Yulia Biriukova
File 7Letter and postcard to Joan
File 8Western tour photographs
File 9Photographs of the Canadian Rockies
File 10Zinc plates for Norwood book-plates

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