Paintings From Canada’s Centennial Issue

originally published January 17, 2009

Canada Post’s Centennial Issue series of stamps were issued between 1967 and 1971. This series included 7 stamps based on works by famous Canadian artists. All 7 stamps were issued on February 8, 1967.

ALASKA HIGHWAY

The 8 cent stamp features the “Alaska Highway between Watson Lake and Nelson” painted by A.Y. Jackson in 1943. Born in Montreal in 1882, he was a member of the Group of Seven. A.Y. Jackson passed away in 1974 at Kleinburg, Ontario.

Darnell No. 517

JACK PINE

The “Jack Pine” painted between 1916 and 1917 by Tom Thomson is on the 10 cent stamp. Thomson was born in 1877 and died tragically while canoeing in Algonquin Park in 1917. Thomson was also a member of the Group of Seven.

Darnell No. 518

GREENLAND MOUNTAINS

Painted circa 1930 the “Greenland Mountains” painted by Lawren Harris is featured on the 15 cent stamp. In 1939 he became the leader of the Transcendental Group of Painters. Harris was born in Brantford, Ontario in 1885 and died in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1970.

Darnell No. 519

THE FERRY, QUÉBEC

The 20 cent stamp has “The Ferry, Québec”, which was painted in 1907 by James Wilson Morrice. Morrice was born in Montreal in 1865 and was admitted to the Bar in Ontario. After studying for and passing the Bar exam he dedicated himself to his art. He died in Tunisia in 1924.

Darnell No. 520

THE SOLEMN LAND

J.E.H. MacDonald was born in 1873 in Durham, England his family immigrated to Canada in 1887. Educated in Toronto and Hamilton, while working at the Grip he met Tom Thomson and other future members of the Group of Seven. MacDonald is considered one of the most important Canadian landscape artists. He died in Toronto in 1932. His “The Solemn Land” completed in 1921 is the design on the 25 cent stamp.

Darnell No. 521

 

SUMMER’S STORE

Completed in 1941, John Ensor’s the “Summer’s Store” is on the 50 cent stamp. Ensor was born in Llanishen, Wales in 1905 and immigrated to Canada with his family. He served with the Royal Canadian Air Force and was an Industrial Designer. He died in Ottawa, Ontario in 1995.

Darnell No. 522

 

IMPERIAL WILDCAT NO. 3, EXCELSIOR FIELD, NEAR EDMONTON

The 1 dollar stamp features Henry George Glyde’s “Imperial Wildcat No. 3, Excelsior Field, near Edmonton” painted in 1950. Glyde who was born in 1906, was an art teacher in Alberta and influenced Western Canadian Art in his long and distinguished career. Henry Glyde died in 1998.

Darnell No. 523

 

Sources:

CyberMuse – Your Art Educational. http://www.virtualmuseum.ca/Exhibitions/Horizons/En/bio-432.html
Library and Archives Canada. Canadian Postal Archives. http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/archivianet/02011703_e.html
Glenbow Museum. http://www.glenbow.org

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