1946 catalog for National Gallery (Ottawa) Massey Collection exhibition


The Massey Collection of English Painting
          The National Gallery of
            Canada        Ottawa


Second Printing, 1947. 

The pictures were acquired by Mr. & Mrs. Massey during the years of their residence in London 1935-1946.

  • Foreword by H.S. Southam Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the National Gallery of Canada
  • Summary of Massey Collection of English Painting by John Rothenstein Director of the Tate Gallery London
  • Page 7- 14: list of the 75 paintings the exhibition with descriptions
  • Page 17-30: B&W reproductions of the works of art (Augustus John, Stanley Spencer, Charles Conder…)

Total 32 pages.

15-1/4 X 22-3/4 cm


The Massey Collection of English painting.

30 Oct 1946 - 02 Jan 1947

Travelled in Canada: 1947, 10 Jan. - 1949, Feb.

Before serving as Canada's Governor General, Vincent Massey (1887-1968) was first a trustee and then chairman of the board of the National Gallery of Canada. Massey was serving as High Commissioner for Canada in Great Britain when this portrait was painted. In 1946, Vincent and Alice Massey donated the paintings they collected while in London to the Gallery - just one example of their philanthropy and interest in the arts. The Massey Collection of English Painting is the source of most of the paintings in the current exhibition. John was a sought-after painter of celebrities, and William Butler Yeats, Lawrence of Arabia, and the Queen of England can be counted among his subjects. At the same time, he had a reputation as a bohemian, painting scenes of Romany life while spending time with his wife and children in gypsy caravans throughout Wales and England.