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Tom Thomson Life & Work by David P. Silcox

Paintings by Tom Thomson can be found in many collections across Canada. The largest collection of his work is at the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, to which Dr. James MacCallum, Thomson’s patron, sold many paintings in 1918 and then donated his collection in 1943. The Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery in Owen Sound, Thomson’s hometown, was established in 1967 and contains a large collection of his work and personal effects.

Many of Thomson’s nearly 500 sketches were not titled by the artist, so the titles we have today are generic and reflect the place and time the work was painted. In some cases works are given the same title. Although the works listed below are held by the following institutions, they may not always be on view.



Agnes Etherington Art Centre

Queen’s University
36 University Avenue
Kingston, Ontario, Canada
613-533-2190
agnes.queensu.ca


Tom Thomson, Northern Shore, 1912–13
Oil on canvas
69.2 x 86.1 cm
Tom Thomson, The Rapids, 1915
Oil on board
21.6 x 26.7 cm
Tom Thomson, Autumn Woods, 1916 
Oil on wood panel
21.4 x 26.8 cm
Tom Thomson, Autumn, Algonquin Park, 1916 
Oil on canvas board
21.3 x 26.2 cm
Tom Thomson, First Snow, 1916 
Oil on cardboard
17.3 x 21.3 cm

Art Gallery of Alberta

2 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
780-422-6223
youraga.ca


Tom Thomson, Mowat Lodge (or Fraser’s Lodge), 1915 
Oil on panel
21.9 x 27 cm
Tom Thomson, Autumn Foliage, 1916 
Oil on wood
21.4 x 26.8 cm
Tom Thomson, The Fisherman, 1916–17
Oil on canvas
51.3 x 56.5 cm

Art Gallery of Hamilton

123 King Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
905-527-6610
artgalleryofhamilton.com


Tom Thomson, Ragged Lake, 1915 
Oil on wood panel
21.2 x 26.2 cm
Tom Thomson, The Birch Grove, Autumn, 1915–16 
Oil on canvas
101.6 x 116.8 cm
Tom Thomson, Moonlight over Canoe Lake, 1916 
Oil on wood panel
21.6 x 27 cm

Art Gallery of Ontario

317 Dundas Street West
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
1-877-225-4246 or 416-979-6648
ago.net


Tom Thomson, Northern Lake, 1912 
Oil on canvas
71.7 x 102.4 cm
Tom Thomson, Drowned Land, 1912 
Oil on paper on plywood
17.5 x 25.1 cm
Tom Thomson, The Canoe, 1912 
Oil on canvas on wood
17.3 x 25.3 cm
Tom Thomson, Study for “Northern River, 1914–15 
Gouache, brush, and ink over graphite on illustration board
30.0 x 26.7 cm
Tom Thomson, Artist’s Camp, Canoe Lake, Algonquin Park, 1915 
Oil on wood
21.9 x 27.2 cm
Tom Thomson, Fire-Swept Hills, 1915 
Oil on composite wood-pulp board
23.2 x 26.7 cm
Tom Thomson, Autumn Foliage, 1915 
Oil on wood panel
21.6 x 26.8 cm
Tom Thomson, Sandbank with Logs, 1916 
Oil on composite wood-pulp board
21.3 x 26.3 cm
Tom Thomson, Oil Sketch for The West Wind, 1916 
Oil on wood
21.4 x 26.8 cm
Tom Thomson, The West Wind, 1916–17 
Oil on canvas
120.7 x 137.9 cm
Tom Thomson, Northern Lights, 1917 
Oil on plywood
21.6 x 26.7 cm
Tom Thomson, Path behind Mowat Lodge, 1917 
Oil on wood
26.8 x 21.4 cm

Art Gallery of Windsor

401 Riverside Drive West
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
519-977-0013
agw.ca


Tom Thomson, White Birches, 1914 
Oil on wood
21.6 x 26.7 cm
Tom Thomson, Nocturne, 1914 
Oil on wood
21.6 x 26.7 cm
Tom Thomson, Algonquin Sketch, 1914 
Oil on wood
21.6 x 26 cm

Beaverbrook Art Gallery

703 Queen Street
Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada
506-458-2028
beaverbrookartgallery.org


Tom Thomson, Portrait of an Old Lake Captain, c. 1906
Oil on canvas laid down on Masonite
59.7 x 34.3 cm
Tom Thomson, A Spring Decoration, 1915–16 
Oil on canvas
101.6 x 63.5 cm

Canadian War Museum

1 Vimy Place
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
1-800-555-5621
warmuseum.ca


Tom Thomson, Decorative Landscape, Quotation from Henry van Dyke,
c. 1905 
Ink and watercolour on paper
37.5 x 27.3 cm

Glenbow Museum

130 9 Avenue Southeast
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
403-268-4100
glenbow.org


Tom Thomson, Autumn, 1916 
Oil on wood panel
21.4 x 26.7 cm

Hart House

University of Toronto
7 Hart House Circle
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
416-978-8398
harthouse.ca/justina-m-barnicke-gallery


Tom Thomson, Birches, 1913 
Oil on canvas on paperboard
20.3 x 27.9 cm
Tom Thomson, The Pointers, 1916–17 
Oil on canvas
101 x 114.6 cm

Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery

147 Lochiel Street
Sarnia, Ontario, Canada
519-336-8127
jnaag.ca


Tom Thomson, Chill November, 1916–17 
Oil on canvas
87.5 x 102.4 cm

Macdonald Stewart Art Centre

358 Gordon Street
Guelph, Ontario, Canada
519-837-0010
msac.ca


Tom Thomson, Canoe Lake, Algonquin Park, 1912 
Oil on canvas board
17 x 25.5 cm
Tom Thomson, Tea Lake: Sketch for “The Woodland Stream,” 1914 
Oil on plywood
21.5 x 26.9 cm
Tom Thomson, The Alligator, Algonquin Park, 1916 
Oil on composite wood-pulp board
21.5 x 26.8 cm
Tom Thomson, The Drive, 1916–17 
Oil on canvas
120 x 137.5 cm

McMaster Museum of Art

1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
905-525-9140
museum.mcmaster.ca


Tom Thomson, Algonquin Park, 1916 
Oil on wood panel
21 x 27 cm

McMichael Canadian Art Collection

10365 Islington Avenue
Kleinburg, Ontario, Canada
905-893-1121 or 1-888-213-1121
mcmichael.com


Tom Thomson, Decorative Landscape: Quotation from Maurice Maeterlinck, c. 1908 
Ink on paper
32.6 x 19.5 cm
Tom Thomson, Decorative Illustration: A Blessing by Robert Burns, 1909 
Watercolour and ink over graphite on paperboard
34.9 x 24.1 cm
Tom Thomson, Burned Over Land, 1916 
Oil on wood panel
21 x 26.7 cm
Tom Thomson, Woodland Waterfall, 1916–17 
Oil on canvas
121.9 x 132.5 cm
Tom Thomson, Tea Lake Dam, 1917 
Oil on wood panel
21.3 x 26.2 cm
Tom Thomson, Spring Flood, 1917 
Oil on wood panel
21.2 x 26.8 cm

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Jean-Noël Desmarais Pavilion
1380 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
514-285-2000
mbam.qc.ca/en


Tom Thomson, Early Autumn, Algonquin Park, 1915 
Oil on wood
21.2 x 26.6 cm
Tom Thomson, In the Northland, 1915–16 
Oil on canvas
101.7 x 114.5 cm
Tom Thomson, Northern Lights, 1916 
Oil on wood panel
21.6 x 26.7 cm
Tom Thomson, Algonquin Park, 1916 
Oil on wood panel
21.6 x 26.7 cm
Tom Thomson, Rock-Burnt Country, 1916 
Oil on wood panel
21.2 x 26.6 cm

Museum London

421 Ridout Street North
London, Ontario, Canada
519-661-0333
museumlondon.ca


Tom Thomson, Wild Geese: Sketch for “Chill November, 1916 
Oil on wood panel
21.4 x 26.7 cm

National Gallery of Canada

380 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
613-990-1985
gallery.ca


Tom Thomson, Sky (“The Light That Never Was”), 1913 
Oil on canvas board
17.5 x 25.1 cm
Tom Thomson, Moonlight, 1913–14 
Oil on canvas
52.9 x 77.1 cm
Tom Thomson, Sunset, 1915 
Oil on composite wood-pulp board
21.6 x 26.7 cm
Tom Thomson, Blue Lake: Sketch for “In the Northland, 1915 
Oil on wood
21.7 x 26.9 cm
Tom Thomson, Approaching Snowstorm, 1915 
Oil on wood
21.3 x 26.6 cm
Tom Thomson, Hot Summer Moonlight, 1915 
Oil on wood
21.4 x 26.7 cm
Tom Thomson, Northern River, 191415 
Oil on canvas
115.1 x 102 cm
Tom Thomson, Decorative Landscape: Birches, 1915–16 
Oil on canvas
77.1 x 72.1 cm
Tom Thomson, Decorative Panel (II), 1915–16 
Oil on beaverboard
120.8 x 96.4 cm
Tom Thomson, Forest Undergrowth I, 1915–16 
Oil on beaverboard
110.1 x 84 cm
Tom Thomson, Decorative Panel (III), 1915–16 
Oil on beaverboard
120.8 x 96.2 cm
Tom Thomson, Decorative Panel (IV), 1915–16 
Oil on beaverboard
120.8 x 96.4 cm
Tom Thomson, Poplars by a Lake, 1916 
Oil on grey wood-pulp board
21.5 x 26.8 cm
Tom Thomson, Cranberry Marsh, 1916 
Oil on wood panel
21.9 x 27 cm
Tom Thomson, First Snow in Autumn, 1916 
Oil on panel
12.8 x 18.2 cm
Tom Thomson, The Jack Pine, 1916–17 
Oil on canvas
127.9 x 139.8 cm

Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives

9 Wellington Street East
Brampton, Ontario, Canada
905-791-4055
pama.peelregion.ca


Tom Thomson, Sketchbook, c. 1905–11 
Graphite on paper
9.9 x 17.1 cm

RiverBrink Art Museum

116 Queenston Street
Queenston, Ontario, Canada
905-262-4510
riverbrink.org


Tom Thomson, Sketch for “The Jack Pine, 1916 
Oil on wood
21 x 26.7 cm
Tom Thomson, Forest Interior (Birches), 1916 
Oil on wood
22 x 26.4 cm
Tom Thomson, Twilight, 1916–17 
Oil on wood panel
21.3 x 28 cm

Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery

840 First Avenue West
Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada
519-376-1932
tomthomson.org


Tom Thomson, Study of a Woman’s Head, c. 1903 
Ink and crayon on paper
11 x 8 cm
Tom Thomson, Burns’ Blessing, 1906 
Watercolour, gouache, and ink on paper
29.3 × 22 cm
Tom Thomson, Northland Sunset, 1912–13 
Oil on canvas on cardboard
15 x 23 cm
Tom Thomson, Canoe Lake, Mowat Lodge, 1914 
Oil on plywood
21.4 x 26.7 cm

University College, University of Toronto

15 King’s College Circle
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
416-978-7516
utac.utoronto.ca


Tom Thomson, Snowbank, 1916 
Oil on composite wood-pulp board
21.7 x 26.7 cm

Vancouver Art Gallery

750 Hornby Street
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
604-662-4700
vanartgallery.bc.ca


Tom Thomson, Cat-tails, Canoe Lake, 1914 
Oil on canvas on paperboard
21.7 x 26.9 cm
Tom Thomson, Nocturne: Forest Spires, 1916 
Oil on plywood
21.6 x 26.6 cm
Tom Thomson, The Waterfall, 1916 
Oil on wood
21.1 x 26.7 cm

Victoria University, University of Toronto

73 Queen’s Park Crescent East
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
416-585-4521
vicu.utoronto.ca


Tom Thomson, Opulent October, 1914 
Oil on wood
21.6 x 26.7 cm

Winnipeg Art Gallery

300 Memorial Boulevard
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
204-786-6641
wag.ca


Tom Thomson, White Caps, Smoke Lake, 1913 
Oil on canvas mounted on wood-pulp board
18 x 25.5 cm
Tom Thomson, Early Snow, 1916–17 
Oil on canvas
45.4 x 45.5 cm