This commemorative envelope exhibits a few of the masterworks from the Art Gallery of Hamilton’s permanent collection, which is recognized as one of the finest in Canada. Designed around eight well known works, this hand-held tour features The Phantom Hunter by William Blair Bruce. This eerie canvas – shown on the front of the envelope – was one of 29 paintings donated by the Bruce Family, a gift that resulted in the establishment of the institution in 1914. Another prized piece, The Birch Grove, Autumn, by celebrated Canadian artist Tom Thomson, graces the Picture Postage™ stamp.
Over the past 100 years, the Art Gallery of Hamilton has acquired more than 10,000 works in its permanent collection, which is focused on 19th century European as well as historical and contemporary Canadian art. Today, the AGH has become a vital hub of creative development and artistic engagement, bringing art and people of all ages together.