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L.A.C. Panton’s file arrangement

Series contains published and unpublished material relating to Panton’s personal and professional life, including correspondence, clippings, lectures, notes, reproductions and photocopies. Correspondence relating to his tenure as President of the Ontario Society of Artists is included, during the controversy involving the secession of the Group of Seven and other matters. Among the papers was a list with file designations (see file 1). The first series follows this arrangement.

Panton, L.A.C. (Lawrence Arthur Colley), 1894-1954

Record books

Series comprises bound notebooks in which Jack Bush recorded notes on his paintings between 1930 and 1976. Beginning in 1957, some descriptions include thumbnail drawings. The notes include titles, dimensions, dates, some purchasers and other details of the paintings.

Bush, Jack

Artist files

Series contains correspondence with artists, art dealers and institutions, invoices, shipping and customs documents, loan and reproduction forms. The arrangement is alphabetical by artist name.||

Abramov, Ayala Zacks, 1912-2011

Some designs for H.D. Thoreau’s Walden

Series comprises a portfolio of ink drawings made in Toronto in 1933 for Thoreau MacDonald’s planned illustrated edition of Henry David Thoreau’s Walden (originally published: Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1854), and a volume (booklet) of pencil sketches of the layouts of the book. A note pasted inside the front cover of the portfolio, written by MacDonald, indicates the scope of the project, which was to have
included some 60 designs for the book.

Macdonald, Thoreau, 1901-1989

Family correspondence

Series comprises personal correspondence dated between 1934 and 1969 to F.H. Varley from his sisters Lilian Varley (1875–1957) and Ethel Varley (1879–1970) of Sheffield (England), and from his children. Also included is correspondence from his grandchildren and from various correspondents seeking information about family connections along with a letter (fragment) from Varley to his mother. Contents include letters and greeting cards.

Institutional and business correspondence

Series comprises correspondence and other records dating from between 1936 and 1971 pertaining to F.H. Varley’s career as an artist, to awards and exhibitions and to his involvement with the book Eskimo by Edmund Carpenter (Toronto : University of Toronto Press, 1959). Included are extensive financial records (1954–1971) of sales of Varley’s works from Roberts Gallery in Toronto.

Tom Thomson sketches correspondence

Series comprises photocopies of correspondence between Mrs Frank Cooper and the Art Gallery of Toronto regarding the purchase by J.S. McLean of the painting Round Lake, Mud Bay (1915) by Tom Thomson.

McLean, John Stanley, 1876-1954

Page layouts for Maria Chapdelaine

Series comprises a volume (booklet) of page layouts made in Toronto in 1937 by Thoreau MacDonald for his illustrated edition of an English translation of Louis Hémon’s Maria Chapdelaine: récit du Canada français (Paris : Bernard Grasset, 1921). On p. [2] of the booklet is a note written by MacDonald describing his concept for the illustrations and the planned number of drawings.

Macdonald, Thoreau, 1901-1989

Drawings and Etchings

Series comprises drawings and etchings by Florence Vale.

Vale, Florence, 1909-2003

Kathleen McKay correspondence

Series comprises personal correspondence to F.H. Varley’s companion Kathleen McKay from his friends and family as well as business correspondence from public and private art galleries, law firms and others, largely dealing with Varley and his works. Also included are letters from her to Varley early in their friendship. File titles are from original folders.

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