Nearly a century ago, a group of artists travelled into the bush
beyond Canada's towns and villages to capture a raw, terrible
beauty. Armed with sketchbooks, brushes, and paints, they set off
into the heart of the wilderness to reinterpret the landscape in a
In July of 1977, Jim and Sue Waddington began their own voyage
of discovery. 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 a 36-year expedition that saw them trek
from one end of the country to the other and back again. The result
is In the Footsteps of the Group of Seven, an ambitious
book that stretches from the northern reaches of Ontario to Beechey
Island in the Arctic, from Nova Scotia to the Alaska Highway.
Travelling into thick forests, across bleak tundra, and along
ancient canoe routes to visit the sites where some of Canada's
defining paintings were conceived, the Waddingtons bring us face to
face with the landscapes that enlightened and enriched this
renowned group of artists.
Featuring more than 175 photographs, archival images, and
reproductions of the original works of art, In the Footsteps of
the Group of Seven - part travel guide, part itinerant art
exhibition, part memoir - is a stunning tribute to the artistic