Artists at Work

What was life like as an artist living in Toronto in the first decades of the twentieth-century?

Neither Tom Thomson nor any of his friends could afford to live solely on the income they made as ‘creative artists’. Many of them worked in commercial design firms, and spent their spare time making art. Part of the small population of artists in the growing city of Toronto, these men often shared ideas, influences, and experiences. The documents reproduced here will help you to gain a sense of their activities and interests.

Diaries, Journals or Reminiscences



Newspaper or Magazine Articles