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Tom Thomson 1877-1917

Tom Thomson 1877-1917

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2005

Tom Thomson 1877-1917

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted October, 2011

Tom Thomson 1877-1917

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted October, 2011

Tom Thomson 1877-1917

Photo Source - Wikipedia

Jack Pine

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Plaque Location

The County of Grey
The Municipality of Meaford
In Leith, at a church on the west side of Tom Thomson Lane
(Street Number 41914)
southwest of the intersection of Roads 20 and 15


Coordinates: N 44 37.293 W 80 52.636

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Plaque Text

One of Canada's most distinguished painters. Thomson was born at Claremont, Ontario County, but two months later moved with his parents to Leith where he lived until the age of twenty-one. After working in Toronto as a commercial artist until 1913, he supplemented his limited income from painting, and fulfilled his love for the Canadian wilderness by serving as a guide and fire ranger in Algonguin Park. An exponent of a distinctive style of Canadian landscape painting, Thomson influenced the work of the "Group of Seven". Among his better known paintings are "West Wind", "Jack Pine", "Spring Ice" and "Northern River". His brief career ended tragically in July 1917 when he was drowned in Canoe Lake, Algonguin Park.


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