Alfred Joseph Casson (1898 – 1992) was the youngest member of the Canadian Group of Seven. He joined the group in 1926 at the invitation of Franklin Carmichael and is best known for his depictions of landscapes, forests and villages of Ontario.
A. J. Casson was a humble man who was displeased that the demand for his paintings increased prices to such an extent that they were beyond the reach of most Canadians. Casson pioneered the introduction of limited edition reproductions of fine artists to enable more Canadians to have immediate and affordable access to his works of art.
As a very fine printer by trade, Casson appreciated the exceptional workmanship of the brilliant master printer M. Bernard Loates and granted him the exclusivity to produce limited editions of his paintings. Only certain multiple originals or favoured individuals merited Casson's initials.
This limited edition is one of those remarkably printed images painted by one of Canada's most loved and honoured members of the famous Group of Seven artists.
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Mill House is one of Casson's most famous artworks. On 29 June 1995, Canada Post issued 10 stamps, each based on a painting of each member of the Group of Seven (7 original members and 3 new members) : Mill House was A. J. Casson's featured work.
This piece is also featured on page 153 in Firefly's "The Group of Seven and Tom Thomson".
Details: "Mill House" Serigraph, 1991
Printed on M. Bernard Loates, Stallion Vellum 300 GRS M2 Neutral pH 100% Rag custom made watermarked stock
Distinguishing Marks: Printer embossed hallmarks MBL
Paper Size: Regal Format 20 x 24 in (50.8 x 60.9 cm)
Image Size: 18 x 22 in (45.7 x 55.9 cm)
Approved and initialed by A.J. Casson