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Thoreau MacDonald's Sketches of Rural OntarioThoreau MacDonald’s Sketches of Rural Ontario, Second Edition

By George W.J. Duncan, illustrated by Thoreau MacDonald

Thoreau MacDonald’s Sketches of Rural Ontario, written by George W. J. Duncan, interprets and expands upon a selection of Thoreau MacDonald’s drawings to illustrate common themes in the cultural heritage landscape of rural Ontario.

Excerpts taken from Thoreau MacDonald’s own journals, as well as renowned writers of Ontario’s history, enhance our understanding of the drawings.

This expanded edition contains roughly twice as many works by revered Canadian artist Thoreau MacDonald, and features several new sections on how MacDonald’s sketches help us to appreciate the beauty of both life and landscape across rural Ontario.

FORMAT: Digital Download (PDF)

PUBLISHER: The Ontario Historical Society

YEAR: 2020

ISBN: 9781999242640


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George W.J. Duncan is a member of the OHS and a founding member of the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals. He served as Senior Heritage Planner for the City of Markham from 2005 to 2020.

Over the past 35 years, Duncan has authored several books and numerous articles on local history, early buildings, and issues concerning heritage conservation. His best-known works are York County Mouldings from Historic InteriorsHistoric Unionville: A Village in the City, and A Few Old Barns (also published by the OHS).