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Franklin Carmichael 1890-1945

Franklin Carmichael 1890-1945

Photo by contributor Colin Old - Posted December, 2012

Franklin Carmichael 1890-1945

Photo by contributor Colin Old - Posted December, 2012

Franklin Carmichael 1890-1945

Photo Source - Wikipedia

Plaque Location

The County of Simcoe
The City of Orillia
On the north side of Mississauga Street West
just west of West Street North

Coordinates: N 44 36.483 W 79 25.237


Plaque Text

An outstanding Canadian artist, Carmichael was born at Orillia, and studied at the Ontario College of Art and L'Academie Royale des Beaux-Arts at Antwerp. He had worked with Lismer and Varley in commercial art, and upon returning to Toronto in 1914, shared a studio with Tom Thomson. One of the founders of the "Group of Seven" and its youngest member, Carmichael participated in all the Group's exhibitions. His graphic style and sense of design led to a distinguished and influential career as an artist, industrial designer and teacher. Among his best known works are, "Autumn Woods", "Lake Superior", "Northern Tundra", and the illustrations for Grace Campbell's novel, "Thorn-Apple Tree". His paintings are represented in major Canadian galleries.

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Orillia Plaques

Here are the visitors' comments for this page.

> Posted October 31, 2012
As of Halloween, 2012, this plaque has not been restored to its rightful place outside the Orillia Opera House. I had a Letter to the Editor to the Packet and Times published and in a follow up was assured the plaque was going to go in. Location and approval from the province are awaited, apparently. This is very slow but I will keep tabs and report when it is finally back in place.
Colin Old

> Posted October 18, 2012
This plaque has not been replaced since the construction of the new library in Orillia was completed in 2012. I will try to find out what the plans are for this plaque.

> Posted January 7, 2008
I think that this is really helpful!!! Thanks to whoever made this website and thanks to whoever who actually took their time to find out all this information on Franklin Carmichael!!

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