signed lower right; signed, titled & dated verso
Oxtongue Lake, located in the Algonquin Highlands near Huntsville, Ontario, was visited frequently by the Group of Seven members during sketching trips. The location was among one of A.J. Casson’s favourite places to paint. In “A.J. Casson” (Gage Publications; 1976) the artist comments on his familiarity with the location: “If you ask me to paint a picture of Oxtongue Lake with one of the islands, I could sit down and do it right now”. Over the course of three decades, Casson regularly stayed at the Blue Spruce Resort on Oxtongue Lake, with his wife, Margaret. The resort served as a base for many sketching excursions of the lake and surrounding area.
Today, the Oxtongue Lake community showcases the artistic significance of the area at the Group of Seven and Tom Thomson Outdoor Exhibit. Additionally, a commemorative trail around the lake features a series of “plaques of honour”, depicting various works painted in the area by this important group of artists. This work, “The Bay, Oxtongue Lake”, painted by Casson in 1982 along the shore at Blue Spruce Resort, is depicted on the site of the resort as Plaque 6.
An intimate photo of A. J. Casson, taken in 1991, seated in his home and holding “The Bay, Oxtongue Lake” is stored within an envelope attached to the back of the painting.