“A Little Pretty” Carmichael

Franklin Carmichael
Franklin Carmichael (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Franklin Carmichael was born on May 4, 1890 in Orillia, Ontario. As part of this series of Canadian Painters, now the Group of Seven, Carmichael was the youngest member.

As I mentioned in my last post, most of these painters first met as employees of Grip, Ltd. Carmichael was an apprentice and got paid a whopping $2.50 a week! While working there, he met Tom Thomson and other artists. Every now and then, mostly weekends, they all went on sketching trips.

Along with A.J. Casson and F.H. Brigden, Carmichael founded the Ontario Society of Painters in Watercolour in 1925.

In 1933, he founded the Canadian Group of Painters — several of the Group of Seven members joined.

Carmichael became famous for his watercolour Ontario landscapes. Emily Carr was quoted as saying, “A little pretty and too soft, but pleasant.”

Franklin Carmichael passed away on October 24,1945 at the age of 55, in Toronto, Ontario.


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