The print collection of Drs. Jacqueline McClaran and Jonathan Meakins stands alone in the annals of Canadian private collections.
It began modestly forty years ago with an attraction to Camille Pissarro’s masterful etchings, his experimentation with line and texture, and his profound empathy for his subjects. In time, their interest grew to include the great masters of northern European printmaking, such as Dürer and Rembrandt, and their focus naturally coalesced around Dutch and Flemish 16th- and 17th-century landscape and genre.
The exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada will reveal both the strength and breadth of the collection today, as well as the collectors’ love of the etched and engraved line and plate tone. The selection of prints will range from the German 15th century through the Dutch 17th century, to the 20th century in Europe and North America, and will include works by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Albrecht Dürer, Hendrik Goltzius, Jusepe de Ribera, Jacob van Ruisdael, Jean-François Millet, and John James Audubon, among many others.