July 20, 1917 Mark Robinson Note re: Tom Thompson

July 20

Note re Tom Thompson artist

found in Boat floating in Lake by Martin and Bessie Bletcher

1 Gal Can Maple Syrup 1.5 lb tin of Jam
1 Rubber sheet
Brought up from Dock three old tin Pails
1 Pair Bucksin Moccasins
1 axe
3 trolling spoons lines etc

Statement by Charlie Scrimm

took with him small tin Pain 3 Pints
1 lb of rice
1 Can of Sugar about 1lb
Ham 2lbs 1/2 Dozen Potatoes
Small frying pan Split Bamboo fishing Rod
Reel line etc Landing net

Dress worn by Mr Tom Thompson
Lumbermans Grey Woolen Shirts Heavy
Kahake Trousers
Canvas Shoes. white no Hat or [..]
left Frasers Dock after 1230pm to go to Tea Lake
There or went later. Canoe found floating
By Miss Blecher and Bro at 305pm Sunday

July 20, 1917 Tom Thomson’s Body Found, Was Missing More Than A Week

The Owen Sound Sun, July 20, 1917

Still a Mystery as to How the Drowning took Place – Canoe Was Found in the Lake a Few Hours After the Artist Was Last Seen

A telegram was received on Tuesday evening stating that the body of Mr. Tom Thomson, the celebrated artist, had been recovered in Canoe Lake the evening before. It will be remembered that on Sunday, July 8th, his canoe was found several hours after he had been last seen and a telegram to that effect was sent to his parents here. The fact that two paddles were found strapped into the canoe gave the impression that it might have drifted from shore and that possibly Mr. Thomson was marooned on one of the islands. Another alternative was that he might have gone into the woods sketching, but the finding of the body clears up all the uncertainties.

The artist was drowned in Algonquin Park, the scene of so much inspiration to the painter and where he has spent many summers in depicting the beauties of nature. He possessed a rare charm and promised to become famous amongst art lovers of the Continent for the excellence of his work. He not only painted nature, but lived and felt and understood the great beauty of the wilds. His work possessed a truth and fidelity that could only come from direct and sympathetic touch with his subject and that he had died on the threshold of fame makes his demise the more to be regretted. He was one of the fine type of young manhood that the country has every reason to be proud of.

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Referring to the work of the late Mr. Thomson, Eric Brown, in a recent article in the London “Studio” says: “Critics look to him to carry forward the Canadian landscape painting far beyond anything at present realized. Wandering alone the best part of the year in Algonquin Park, inured to hardship and reputed the best guide, fisherman and canoeman in the district, he lives with these wonderful seasons and they live through him. Here, again is the decorative sense ly developed and visible in every composition. There is no loss of chararcter; the northland lies before you, whether it is a winding river fringed with spring flowers seen through a screen of gaunt black pines, or whether the green blocks of melting ice float on blue liberated waters of the lake.”

The sympathy of everyone will go out to the bereaved relatives in their sad loss.

July 20, 1917 TOM THOMSON DROWNS

Owen Sound Times, July 20, 1917

TOM THOMSON DROWNS WHILE CANOEING ON CANOE LAKE

Tom Thomson, who was drowned in Canoe lake, Algonquin park, July 8th, 1917, was the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Thomson, 428 Fourth avenue east, Owen Sound. He was born in the village of Claremont, Ontario county, and spent twenty years of the early part of his life at Leith. He afterwards attended college and then lived for five years in Seattle, Washington. After returning from Seattle, he lived the remainder of his time in Toronto, and for some years worked at artistic designing for some of the engraving companies of Toronto.

While engaged in this line of work, he endeavored to develop his artistic tastes along a high line and commenced the study of landscape painting. His love for nature, which was developed through his early associations with nature, caused him to choose this line of art. After a time he devoted his whole time to the pursuit of this wonderful and uplifting study.

Every year he went to Algonquin park for six months. Here he went far into the wilds, traveling at times by way of canoe and at other times on foot, and often entirely alone, so that he could study nature in its different aspects. He was with nature so much that he became a part of it, and this enabled him to paint just what he felt.

In the winter months he enlarged his sketches and he had a wonderful collection in his studio in Rosedale, Toronto. His work was steadily growing in esteem and he had a very bright future before him. His pictures were steadily sought for, for the collections of the Ontario and Dominion governments. He had a bright and cheerful disposition and was filled with kindness for all. He was loved by all who knew him.

The body, accompanied by Mr. George Thomson, is expected in Owen Sound at noon on Friday, and in this case, the funeral, which is to be private, will leave his father’s residence Friday afternoon. The remains will be interred in Leith cemetery.

July 19, 1917 Mark Robinson’s Journal

Thursday July 19

Mr Churchill, Undertaker of Huntsville, Ontario, arrived last night and took up body of Tom Thomson artist under direction of Mr. Geo. Thompson of Conn. U.S.A. The body went out on evening train to Owen Sound to be buried in the family plot.

The Arts Association propose having a Memorial Exhibit of Mr. Tom Thomson’s paintings and to place a Memorial in the Park near where he loved to work and sketched so well. Thus ends a career of unselfishness of a gentleman, sportsman, artist and friend of all.

July 18, 1917: TORONTO ARTIST DROWNS IN NORTH

Toronto Globe, July 18, 1917

Body of Tom Thomson Found in Canoe Lake, Algonquin Park

MISSING NINE DAYS
Standing as Landscape Painter Was High – To be Buried in Park

The mystery surrounding the disappearance of Mr. Tom Thomson, the Toronto artist at Canoe Lake, Algonquin Park on Sunday July 8, was solved yesterday by the finding of his body. Word which reached the city last night indicated that he had been drowned. His canoe was found adrift a few hours after Mr. Thomson was last seen and the fate of the artist was a mystery until yesterday’s gruesome discovery. His brother, Mr. George Thomson of New Haven, Conn., also a painter, who had been visiting the family at Owen Sound last week when the news first came, went to the scene and joined for a time in the search. The body, it was stated in last night’s telegrams, will be buried in Algonquin Park, which had been the artist’s happy sketching ground for years.

AN ARTIST OF CHARM

Mr. Thomson, who was about forty years of age, was a landscape artist of rare charm and promise. His work steadily grew in esteem among art lovers for it represented on who not only saw, but felt and understood nature in her varied moods. His pictures were steadily sought for the collections of the Ontario and Dominion Governments.

A CRITIC’S TRIBUTE

“Critics”, said Eric Brown in a recent article in the The London Studio, “look to him to carry forward the Canadian Landscape painting far beyond anything at present realized. Wandering alone the best part of the year in Algonquin Park, inured to hardship and reputed the best guide, fisherman and canoe man in the district, he lives with these wonderful seasons and they live by him. Here, again, is the decorative sense strongly developed and visible in every composition. There is no loss in character; the northland lies before you, whether it is a winding river fringed with gaunt black pines, or whether the green blocks of melting ice float on blue liberated waters of the lake.”

July 18, 1917 Letter from Shannon Fraser to John Thomson

Best Trout Fishing in Ontario
Several good Bass lakes
A FAMILY RESORT

Mowat P.O., Ontario July 18, 1917

Mr John Thomson
Owen Sound

Dear Sir:

We found your son floating in Canoe Lake on Monday moring about nine o clock in a most dreadful condition the flesh was coming of his hands. I sent for the undertaker and they found him in such a condition [illegible] he had to be buried at once he is buried in a little grave yard over looking Canoe Lake a beautiful spot. The Dr found a bruse over his eye and thinks he fell and and was hurt and this is how the accident happend.

Yours Truly
J. S. Fraser