Penumbra Press


New Releases


Browse Books
by Title
by Author
by Theme
by Series
by Genre

Order Form


Contact Info

Kids' Activities



View Print Version

Labelled with ICRA

Since 1979 logo

Photo Credit: M.O. Hammond, 1927, Archives of Ontario

J.E.H. MacDonald


As senior designer at Toronto's prestigious Grip Ltd., J.E.H. MacDonald presided over the talented studio of artists who, meeting regularly at the Arts and Letters Club, banded together in 1920 as the Group of Seven. Although he quit Grip in 1912 to paint full-time and later taught at the Ontario College of Art, MacDonald was a working designer until his premature death. His credo in life as well as in graphic and decorative art was "The Harmony of Means and Purpose."

Following his death in November 1932, the year in which he took a recuperative holiday in Barbados and later produced six of his most brilliant canvases, the Group of Seven was formally disbanded. Without J.E.H. MacDonald, the fire was gone.

Penumbra books:
The Barbados Journal, 1932: J.E.H. MacDonald (Author)
J.E.H. MacDonald, Designer: An Anthology of Graphic Design, Illustration and Lettering (Author)
Sketchbook, 1915-1922: J.E.H. MacDonald (Author)

All contents © Penumbra Press and Northward Journal Communications Limited
1 King Ave E. PO Box 20011, Newcastle, Ontario, Canada, L1B 1M3

Contact Information