Artworks and Artists
Franklin Carmichael
Born in Orillia, Ontario, 04 May 1890
Died in Toronto, Ontario, 24 October 1945
Photography: M.O. Hammond Collection, National Gallery of Canada Archives

Franklin Carmichael

Franklin Carmichael was born in 1890 in Orillia, Ontario. As a teenager, he worked in his father's carriage shop, applying decorative painting to the carriages and drawing and painting in his spare time. In 1911 Carmichael moved to Toronto, where he found work as an apprentice designer at Grip Limited and met Tom Thomson and future Group of Seven artists. Two years later, probably at the suggestion of Lismer and Varley, he attended the Acadimie royale des beaux-arts in Antwerp, Belgium. When the First World War broke out in 1914, Carmichael returned to Canada, resuming outdoor sketching and painting of the rolling Ontario countryside near his home. In the 1920s he accompanied Harris and the others on sketching trips to the more remote areas of Lake Superior.