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The Art of Season’s Greetings 8: Nautical Themes

(Added 20 December 2008)

Historical and mythological scenes also appear as exceptions amongst the landscape-based Canadian Artists Series Christmas cards. This nautically themed card by Group of Seven member A.J. Casson is inscribed inside with statistical information about the sixteenth-century Spanish Armada, including the weight and number of ships from the British Royal Navy involved in the historical event. Conversation with Joyce Sowby indicated that her father, H.L. Rous, creator of the Art Department at Rous and Mann, Ltd., was very interested in historical topics and would have perhaps included such a card out of personal interest.

Image: A.J. Casson, Canadian Artists Series, Rous and Mann, Ltd., n.d., Joan Murray Fonds, Library and Archives Canada.

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