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[Bookplate for George H. Fensom by Thoreau MacDonald]
[Bookplate for George H. Fensom by Thoreau MacDonald]
Title[Bookplate for George H. Fensom by Thoreau MacDonald]
CreatorMacDonald, Thoreau
Date Created[between 1930 and 1940?]
Sort Date1940
DescriptionIn black ink. Landscape featuring a cabin overlooking a lake.
Extent1 bookplate : offset ; 9.5 x 6.6 cm
SubjectLandscape drawings
Subject - GeographicCanada
Personal NamesFensom, George H.
TypeStill Image
NotesWhile there is no artist's signature, McGill University's Phillippe Masson Ex Libris Collection contains an exact copy, which they identify as being created by Thoreau MacDonald (1901-1989). Son of the well known Canadian artist, J. E. H. Macdonald, Thoreau MacDonald was color-blind, and thus most of his works are in black in white. Additionally, both his fondness for landscapes and his trademark use of parallel lines in the sky are evident in the bookplate. The bookplate owner, George H. Fensom, was likely a wealthy Toronto based businessman. He was president and manager of Fensom Elevator Company, which in 1905 merged with the American elevator company Otis Elevator to form Otis-Fensom Elevator Company, Limited. In 1921 he was elected director of the company board.
1) The Canada Newspaper Cartoonists' Association. (1905). Torontonian as we see 'em. Retreived February 9, 2010 from
2) Carrajat, Patrick A. (2006). The History of the Elevator in America 1850-2001. Published Online. Retrieved February 9, 2010 from
3) Murray, Joan. MacDonald, Thoreau. The Canadian Encyclopedia.
4) Thoreau MacDonald. (2009, December 23). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 20:15, March 11, 2010, from
Access IdentifierBP MUR CAN P F467b
Digital IdentifierBP_MUR_CAN_P_F467b
Is Part OfRBSC Bookplates
SourceOriginal Format: University of British Columbia. Library. Rare Books and Special Collections. Thomas Murray Bookplates Collection. Leslie Binder. BP MUR CAN P F467b
Date Available2010
Publisher - DigitalVancouver : University of British Columbia Library
RightsImages provided for research and reference use only. Permission to publish, copy, or otherwise use these images must be obtained from Rare Books and Special Collections:
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