Bronté, Ont.

J.E.H. MacDonald

BIRTH YEAR 1873
BIRTH PLACE Durham, England
DEATH YEAR 1932
DEATH PLACE Toronto, Ontario

J.E.H. MacDonald’s 1901 ink and graphite drawing certainly shows a very different Bronte than that we know today. These weeks inside have given many of us a chance for contemplation, and while MacDonald’s sketch may appear simple in subject, it invites us to get lost in the delicate and detailed line work of a quiet farm scene where chickens stand amongst the grass and trees. MacDonald would later become a founding member of the Group of Seven, and this early example of his work offers viewers a tiny time capsule of Ontario’s past.

MEDIUM Ink and graphite on paper
DATE 1901
DIMENSIONS 30.5cm x 23.2cm
ACCESSION NUMBER FAC 0916
CREDIT LINE Firestone Collection of Canadian Art, the Ottawa Art Gallery Donated to the City of Ottawa by the Ontario Heritage Foundation
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION
A detailed, graphic sketch, done in black ink on blue paper, depicts hens on the grassy floor of an orchard, and a wooden house visible in the background through the trees.

OAG is CLOSED from JULY 1st to the 5th