CA OTUTF MS COLL 00240
The Carl Schaefer Collection of Thoreau MacDonald Material
- 1924-1975 (Creation)
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Extent and medium
3 boxes (0.6 metres)
Name of creator
Carl Schaefer was born in Hanover, Ont., in 1903, and attended the Ontario College of Art. The Group of Seven artists J.E.H. MacDonald and Arthur Lismer were among his teachers. During the 1930s, he painted the Hanover landscapes for which he perhaps became best known. He was the first Canadian painter to be awarded a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship, and spent 1940-41 painting in Vermont near Darmouth College. Three years later he was commissioned into the RCAF where he created over 100 works for the Canadian War Records. His friendship with Thoreau MacDonald dates back to the days when he was a student under J.E.H. MacDonald when they were frequent visitors at the Studio Building.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Gift of Carl Schaefer, 1986.
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Scope and content
The collection consists of letters from Thoreau MacDonald to Schaefer, as well as a large collection of Christmas and occassional cards, several of which are originals, original lino-cuts, printer's proofs of lino-cuts and pen drawings, and other printed material and clippings. The letters describe their work and contain running commentary on the art scene of the period.
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Conditions governing access
Material may be requested in person at the Fisher Library Reference Desk, or in advance using our online stack retrieval request form: https://fisher.library.utoronto.ca/stack-retrieval-request
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