ALFRED JOSEPH CASSON, O.S.A., P.R.C.A.
IN THE DON VALLEY, 1920
oil on panel
signed and dated '20; also signed, titled, and dated '20 on the reverse
9.25 ins x 11.25 ins; 23.5 cms x 28.6 cms
This early work was painted by Casson when he was a new hire at Rous & Mann. He was Assistant Designer to Franklin Carmichael, who would help found the Group of Seven that same year. Carmichael saw Casson as an impressive protegé and took him on weekend sketching trips outside of the city.
This painting depicts a local Toronto scene, the Don Valley, which leads one to believe this may be one of the sketches that impressed Carmichael in the early days of Casson's employment at the printing company.
Roberts Gallery Limited, Toronto
Private Collection, Ontario
A.J. Casson Retrospective, The Art Gallery of Windsor, Windsor, May 14-July 9, 1978, no. 3.