Wednesday, August 3, 2011

1973 J.E.H. MacDonald

J.E.H. MacDonald (1873- 1932), one of Canada's leading painters and a member of the Group of Seven, was born in Durham, England, and emigrated to Canada in 1887 with his English mother and Canadian father. He studied at the Hamilton Art School and the Central Ontario School of Art and Design, in Toronto, Ontario. MacDonald worked at Grip Ltd. from 1895 to 1911, when Lawren Harris persuaded him to start painting full time. In 1922, MacDonald accepted a full-time teaching position at the Ontario College of Art.

Canadian Stamps Featuring MacDonald Works

J.E.H. MacDonald paintings have been reproduced on three Canadian stamps.

1. "The Solemn Land"

MacDonald's 1921 painting, The Solemn Land, was the model for the 25 cent Centennial definitive stamp issued on February 8, 1967.

Stamp Essays

National Archives of Canada

National Archives of Canada

National Archives of Canada

Issued Stamp

First Day Cover

February 8, 1967


Noranda to Cairo, Egypt, October 29, 1970
25 cents one-half ounce air mail letter rate to Africa

2. "Mist Fantasy, Northland"

Canada Post Office commemorated the 100th anniversary of MacDonald's birth with the release of a 15 cent commemorative stamp featuring his 1922 canvas, Mist Fantasy Northland.

Issued Stamp

First Day Covers

The MacDonald commemorative was issued on June 8, 1973.

Senate : Rosecraft

Canada Post Office "Official"

Kingswood (Fleetwood)



David Pritchard


Toronto to Buzet, Yugoslavia, June 21, 1973
15 cents international one ounce letter rate

3. "Montreal River"

In 1995, Canada Post issued a set of stamps to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the formation of the Group of Seven. Macdonald's 1920 painting Falls, Montreal River was reproduced on a souvenir sheet.

National Archives of Canada

National Archives of Canada

June 29, 1995
National Archives of Canada

National Archives of Canada