This magazine cover features
a painting by Rex Woods
He was an extraordinary fine artist, who is more remembered for the magazine covers that he painted rather than his paintings.
English-born Rex Woods was one of Canada’s most successful and sought-after illustrators; his work was often published on the covers of popular magazines including Maclean’s and Canadian Home Journal. He was one of the many talented who brought print to life with their art.
He immigrated to Toronto, Canada in 1920. He graduated from the Ontario College of Art and began a career as a commercial artist. He chose to leave the art studio world to work alone sometime after his marriage in 1928 to Etheldreda Jeanne Mott, a ballet dancer with the Metropolitan Opera Company.
The Royal Ontario Museum displayed some of Wood’s work in the winter of 2009–2010. It comprised 17 works, chiefly Canadian Home Journal cover art such as the cover above.
The 1934 cover above illustrates a paragraph from Jacques Cartier’s Narrative
“We had a cross made 30 feet high, which was put together in the presence of a number of Indians — under the cross-bar of which we fixed a shield with three fleur-de-lys in relief, and above it a wooden board, engraved in large Gothic character, where was written, ‘Long Live the King of France.’ ”.
This group portrait of Canada’s Fathers of Confederation*
was painted by Rex Woods
* Rex Woods was commissioned by the insurance company, Confederation Life Assurance, to recreate the group portrait of the Fathers of Confederation, painted in 1864 by Robert Harris, and which had been destroyed in the fire on Parliament Hill in 1916. The oil on canvas painting was donated by Confederation Life as a centennial gift to the country in 1967. It hangs in Parliament.
Rex Woods, also created drawings for leading advertisers,
notably Macdonald’s Tobacco
Woods’ The Macdonald’s Lassie, was used for decades by Macdonald Tobacco on their Export “A” brand of cigarettes.