Letter from Thomas W. Mitchell to A.J. Pyke, April 26. 1920.
Letter from Thomas W. Mitchell, Canadian artist, to Alfred J. Pyke, principal of Saskatoon Collegiate Institute (presently named Nutana Collegiate), acknowledging receipt of the letter of April 16th. He finds the actions of the Saskatoon Collegiate Institute's Literary Society in forming a Memorial Art Gallery "most commendable." He agrees to send some paintings along, particularly one that "typically Canadian." He also addresses the question that Pyke has asked him about what painting would be appropriate for such a gallery. He says that the gallery should acquire "significant works" (he underlines 'significant'), meaning that they should have "a real reason for having been done." He also suggests that they not be "merely superficially pretty." Further, he says that paintings should be larger in size, not smaller. He ends the letter by congratulating Pyke in "doing very fine work in starting an Art Gallery in Saskatoon in this way, and there is no doubt of its future good influence in the culture of the community."
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Saskatoon Public School Division
3 pp.: handwritten
Division 5 - North Central
RM of Corman Park No. 344
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