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A 1909 Sketch book
by Rosemarie L. Tovell
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1 Thirteen pages have
been torn out of the sketchbook. At least five were used by Jackson
as writing material for two letters sent to his family. Of the
remaining seven sheets, one was used for a note or an unaccounted-for
letter and another was used for a pencil drawing.
2 Letter to his mother, 14 September 1909, Episy. November 25 is the
approximate date A. Y. gave his family for his departure from Episy
or France. He was in Montreal by Christmas 1909. The author wishes
to thank Dr Naomi Jackson Groves, A. Y. Jackson's niece, for making
available the family letters, as well as her extensive notes
(hereafter referred to as NJG notes) on Jackson's travels and
3 In a letter to his mother dated 5 June 1909, Episy, Jackson writes
that he has several large canvases going and hopes to have a dozen
large ones and about two dozen smaller paintings finished before he
leaves for Rolland.
4 For more information on the colourful Mme Goix, the reader is
referred to A. Y. Jackson's autobiography, A Painter's Country.
5 NJG notes.
6 Letter to his mother, 12 July 1909, Amsterdam. This letter describes
in detail Jackson's activities from his departure from Paris to arts
his arrival in Amsterdam on 12 July 1909. It also includes his projected
activities for the following week.
7 Ibid. It should be noted that A. Y. does not mention having
done any sketching on this particular outing.
9 Near these drawings on page 8 recto can also be found a
drawing of the Phantom Hunter. He may have made this illustration of
the Canadian legend for Hardy during one of their conversations at
the pension where they stayed. Two more small drawings on the inside
back cover illustrate the mechanics of the snowshoe and how it is
10 Letter to his mather, op. cit.
11 Ibid. Matthijs Maris (1839-1917), Willem Maris
(1844-1910), Jacob Maris (1837-1897), and Anton Mauve (1838-1888).
It is interesting to note that, with the exception of Rembrandt,
the artists mentioned represent the best of the group of Dutch
Barbizon artists avidly purchased by Canadian collectors, a group
Jackson always claimed to despise.
12 Katwijk aan Rijn lies near the mouth of the Rhine. Two kilometres
to the northeast, on the shores of the North Sea, lies
Katwijk aan Zee, a fishing village and resort area.
13 Letter to his sister, Catherine Jackson, 28 July 1909.
14 One of the three oil sketches of the Katwijk seashore is
illustrated in Dennis Reid's catalogue, Group of Seven (Ottawa:
National Gallery of Canada, 1970) p, 25, ill, no.6, Two other
paintings, both in private collections, with titles inscribed by the
artist, are: Katwijk an Rhyn and A Dutch Garden, Katwijk.
15 Karl Baedeker, Belgium and Holland: Handbook for Travellers (Leipzig:
1910), p. 298.
16 Letter to his mother, op. cit.
17 Letter to his mother, 1 September 1909, Episy.
18 Dutch Windmill at Night (private collection); Veere,
Rolland (Art Gallery of Ontario)
19 Letter to his mother, op. cit.
21 Letter to Dr Naomi Jackson Groves, 1966.
22 Both the painting and the two drawings were preceded by another
oil sketch, Bridge over the Canal du Loing, Episy (private
collection), which shows the bridge and canal from the opposite
side of the bridge.
23 NJG notes.
24 Dennis Reid, op. cit, p. 34.
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