Manly MacDonald, Local Artist
Manly MacDonald (1889-1971) was a well-known local artist from Point Anne, Ontario. A contemporary of the “Group of Seven,” he painting in a style described as free, loose, and semi-impressionistic. He primarily depicted rural scenes and was often seen painting on location.
The Manly MacDonald Collection at Glanmore National Historic Site consists of several pieces of MacDonald’s artwork – 7 oil paintings, etchings and 13 sketchbooks.
MacDonald won a traveling scholarship from the Royal Canadian Academy, touring and studying art in France, Spain and Italy in the early 1920s. Sketchbooks, documenting these travels, are part of Glanmore National Historic Site’s Manly MacDonald Collection.
A significant part of this large collection consists of furnishings and household objects from his Point Anne home. Many of these objects are rustic in nature, reflecting MacDonald’s appreciation of old Ontario and the rural lifestyle including: tables, dressers cradles and blanket boxes; household objects such as crocks and kitchen tools as well as agricultural implements.
The displays in the lower level of Glanmore feature household objects from this collection. They are a good representation of the early settlement period in the Belleville region.
The collection is derived from a variety of sources including the Estate of Manly MacDonald as well as donations from his children and the general public
Sketchbooks, etchings and paintings from the Manly MacDonald Collection are not currently on display. Researchers may access these pieces by appointment.