THOMSON, Tom (1877-1917). - Harold TOWN (1924-1990) and David P. SILCOX
Tom Thomson The Silence and the Storm
Toronto: McClelland and Stuart, 1977. Oblong folio. (14 x 17 inches). Original two-colour lithographed portrait of Thomson by Town, signed and numbered in pencil by the artist, 185 mounted coloured illustrations after Thomson, 81 uncoloured illustrations, most after or of Thomson.
Original brown reversed calf, the upper cover and spine blocked in gilt, light blue watered silk endpapers, glassine wrapper, publisher's hessian-covered slipcase
The edition de luxe, number 78 of 135 numbered copies, signed by Town and Silcox, with an original lithograph "Portrait of Tom Thomson": "What finally matters most in painting, is looking and savouring" (preface).
A fine record by artist Harold Town and noted art historian David Silcox of the life and work of the influential early 20th-century Canadian artist Tom Thomson. He died early, but his work proved to be a direct influence on the group of Canadian painters that would come to be known as the Group of Seven. His work continued to affect (less directly) the work of subsequent generations of Canadian artists, including Town, who produced the fine lithographic portrait of Thomson included in this work.