A.J. Casson P.R.C.A.

Road Near Yantha Lake, c. 1960

oil on board
12x15 in.

Roberts Gallery, Toronto;
Loch Gallery, Toronto;
Private collection

Ontario Society of Artists, Small Pictures and Sculptures Exhibition, Dec. 7-21, 1960, Roberts Gallery, Toronto

Casson spent time traveling and painting throughout the Madawaska Valley in Southern Ontario starting in the early 1950s. Yantha Lake is located in this valley, about five minutes away by car from the community of Barry’s Bay. Casson completed many impressive panels in this area – in 1951, a Casson panel of Yantha Lake was even selected by the City of Toronto to gift to Princess Elizabeth (1). Especially present in Road Near Yantha Lake is his interest in capturing tumultuous countryside skies. He noted in a 1984 interview that “the best things [he’d] done were around the Madawaska Valley, Combermere, Bancroft and La Cloche” (2). Road Near Yantha Lake was exhibited in the OSA. Small Picture’s Exhibition of 1960, which was annually held at Roberts Gallery in Toronto.

1. The Windsor Star, Toronto Gift, October 20, 1951, p. 15
2. The Elliot Lake Standard, Dream of A.J. Casson – Revisiting La Cloche, by Jon Charles Butler, September 1, 1985

Alfred Joseph Casson, painter (b at Toronto 17 May 1898; d there 20 Feb 1992). After study at Hamilton (1913-15) and Toronto (1915-17), A.J. Casson got his first real job in 1919 at a Toronto commercial art firm as Franklin Carmichael’s apprentice. Carmichael had the greatest influence on Casson as…