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Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Contact Information

National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives

A.Y. Jackson fonds:

Finding Aid



Summary

Title:A.Y. Jackson fonds.
Dates:– 1926-1966 ; 1926-1948 and 1959-1966 predominant.
Quantity: – 13 of textual material.

Biographical Sketch

Alexander Young Jackson (1882-1974), Canadian painter and founding member of the Group of Seven, mentored younger artists from the Montreal-based Beaver Hall Group. Jackson often painted with members of the Group and he voluntarily served as the link between them and the Group of Seven in Toronto. Jackson was close to and corresponded with Beaver Hall artists, including Sarah Robertson (1891-1948) and Prudence Heward (1896-1947). He also corresponded with Canadian art critic Graham McInnes (1912-1970). McInnes was originally from London, UK and was educated in Melbourne, Australia. He authored such books as A Short History of Canadian Art (1939) and Canadian Art (1950) and contributed numerous short articles to magazines. McInnes also worked as Co-ordinator of Graphic for the National Film Board of Canada (1946). In 1965, MacInnes was appointed the Permanent Delegate to UNESCO for Canada.

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Scope and Contents

Fonds consists of correspondence from A.Y. Jackson to Sarah Robertson, Prudence Heward, and Graham McInnes. Letters to Robertson and Heward discuss Jackson's work; the work of Robertson and Heward; exhibitions in which they were involved (including the Group of Seven exhibition, Art Gallery of Toronto, 1928, and the Canadian Group of Painters exhibition, 1933), including critical response to those exhibitions; artists (including members of the Beaver Hall Group); the controversy over the British Empire exhibition at Wembley; politics; and contemporary events. Letters to McInnes discuss Jackson's work, publications, and exhibitions; the National Gallery of Canada, its staff and its acquisitions; the attitude of government towards art; and the Art Gallery of Ontario, its staff and its acquisitions. Both sets of correspondence often include newspaper clippings related to various art exhibitions. The collection also includes letters from Robertson to Jackson, which discuss work and personal matters, and a letter to Jackson from Heward's mother, Efa Heward, regarding Heward's death and memorial exhibition.

Source of supplied title proper: Title based on contents of fonds.
Immediate source of acquisition: Donated to the National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives by Naomi Groves Jackson and Joan McInnes.
Accompanying material: Photocopies of the letters are available for the purpose of consultation.
Finding aids: Finding aid with item lists of each of the letters is available with the collection.
Associated material: Significant holdings of AY. Jackson's paintings are at the McMichael Collection of Canadian Art in Kleinburg, Ontario, at the National Gallery of Canada, and at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

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Index Terms

Names:
Heward, Prudence, 1896-1947
Jackson, Alexander Young, 1882-1974
McInnes, Graham, 1912-1970
Robertson, Sarah, 1891-1948
Organizations:
Beaver Hall Group
The Group of Seven
Document Types:
Correspondence.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Title of item], A.Y. Jackson fonds, National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives.

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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
 
ccampbel@gallery.ca 

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