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