In the Footsteps of the Group of Seven


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In the Footsteps of the Group of Seven

by Jim & Sue Waddington
Photographed by Jim Waddington
Introduction by Tom Smart

Goose Lane Editions & New Brunswick Military Heritage Project October 8, 2013 

In July of 1977, Jim and Sue Waddington began a thirty-six year journey of discovery that has culminated in this remarkable achievement, In the Footsteps of the Group of Seven. Determined to locate, document, and photograph the actual landscapes that inspired and influenced the brushes of A.Y. Jackson, Franklin Carmichael, Arthur Lismer, Lawren Harris, A.J. Casson, J.E.H. MacDonald, Tom Thomson, and Frederick Varley, the Waddingtons embarked on an artistic expedition that carried them across Canada from sea to sea to sea. Their search for the secret of the innovative spirit has resulted in this delightfully diverse production that brings the reader to the very spots where some of Canada's greatest art was conceived. Richly illustrated with reproductions of the original artwork by the Group of Seven and augmented with expressive text and absorbing photographs of the actual locations where these legendary paintings were created, the Waddingtons have created a journal of enduring images that document the lush landscapes, rugged countryside, and wondrous waters that help define us as Canadians. In the Footsteps of the Group of Seven explores and details the Waddingtons' adventures, inviting us to travel with them into the wild, woods, and rivers and come face to face with the allusive muses that enlightened and enriched this renowned group of artists.


Thank you to all who have purchased 'In the Footsteps of the Group of Seven' through the Art Gallery of Sudbury/Galerie d’art de Sudbury. 

This month Canadian Living has recommended the book for Season's Reading - "Fans will drool over the stunning comparisons of paintings with photos of the real-life counterparts"

The Toronto Star - "This splendid book is the result of a 36-year outdoor adventure. The enterprising Waddingtons set out to find and photograph the many vantage points — often accessible only by canoe or on foot — that were painted by the Group of Seven almost a century ago. (How surprising that no one has thought to do this wonderful journey before.) The Waddingtons used a range of sleuthing techniques, including a bounty of archival information from the seven artists themselves and the art historians who have followed.


100% of the proceeds from the book sale of $55 will go to the Art Gallery of Sudbury