Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Tuesday Treasures

Tom the backroads traveller hosts this weekly meme.

January 2021 - Toronto ON

Frederick Hagan was one of Canada’s greatest artists, a great teacher and a unique personality. When Frederick Hagan was 13 years old, his father, a cabinet maker, died. His mother was left to raise eight children, so at the age of 16, he dropped out of school to work in a paper-box factory. .From a studio he set up in an empty garage, he used to wander the streets of his Cabbagetown neighbourhood sketching and painting. While studying at the Ontario College of Art (now Ontario College of Art and Design) his teachers were John Alfsen, who became a mentor and father figure, and Frank Carmichael of the Group of Seven. In 1946 Mr. Hagan was hired to teach drawing, painting and printmaking at O.C.A. He was living in Newmarket at the time and commuted to Toronto for the next 37 years. In 1998, he was awarded the Royal Canadian Academy of Art’s medal. Previously, he received the Canadian Centennial Medal. His works are held by the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Galleries of Ontario and the Frederick Horsman Varley Museum. (Source: Toronto Historical Board)

I prefer Hagan's art to Jeffreys.

 Jefferys Lane (after artist C.W. Jefferys)

Charles William Jefferys RCA (August 25, 1869 – October 8, 1951) was a Canadian painter, illustrator, author, and teacher, best known as a historical illustrator.
Seems he also has a high school named for him in Toronto.

Montcalm à la tête de ses troupes sur les plaines d'Abraham. Aquarelle de Charles William Jefferys.

Schawlow lane (after Nobel Prize winner Arthur Schawlow, co-discoverer of the laser).

Arthur Leonard Schawlow (May 5, 1921 – April 28, 1999) was an American physicist and co-inventor of the laser with Charles Townes (his BIL). His central insight, which Townes overlooked, was the use of two mirrors as the resonant cavity to take maser action from microwaves to visible wavelengths. He shared the 1981 Nobel Prize in Physics with Nicolaas Bloembergen and Kai Siegbahn for his work using lasers to determine atomic energy levels with great precision

Schawlow was born in Mount Vernon, New York. His mother, Helen (Mason), was from Canada, and his father, Arthur Schawlow, was a Jewish immigrant from Riga (then in the Russian Empire, now in Latvia). Schawlow was raised in his mother's Protestant religion. When Arthur was three years old, they moved to Toronto.

The house right beside this lane has a historic plaque on it, but I haven't found the reason for it yet. It is just above the blue house address 22.


  1. Thanks for visiting my blog Jackie.

    With being over here in England, I'd never heard of those artists. Like you, I much prefer the Hagan example to the other but TBF they are like chalk and cheese.

  2. So interesting and I loved seeing all the architecture 😀. Your photos are beautiful and it looks like you've had quite a bit of snow too. Stay warm and wishing you a Happy February and T Day! Hugs, Jo x

  3. Jackie,
    I enjoyed this interesting post. I agree I like the first artist's colorful painting.

  4. ...these lanes are packed with history. Perhaps Charles William Jefferys' art is the way it is because of the frown of his face! Thanks Jackie for sharing this history lesson, take care.

  5. Thank you for continuing to allow us to tour with you! Appreciate you sharing at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2021/02/black-and-white.html

  6. I have seen some of Hagan's work here.

  7. Only a few illustrators have come close to what we consider fine art. Jeffreys' example is creative but looks like something quickly sketched for a magazine.

  8. A fascinating post, Jackie! I am partial to Hagan's art too.

    Happy Wednesday!

  9. More fun facts about your Lanes! Awesome post.

    Thank you for being a part of 'My Corner of the World' this week!


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