"In 1912 [Thomson] left “Grip’ and took an extended holiday in Algonquin Park, bringing back a bundle of sketches: timid tight sketches they were, but nevertheless showing an intimate feeling of the country. On his return to Toronto he joined the Art Department of Rous and Mann Ltd. Varley, Carmichael, McCrea and Broadhead had already moved to the new company. In 1913, Thomson got a two month’s leave of absence for another sketching trip north, and stepped in one huge stride to an able and competent painter with an entirely personal viewpoint."

- Arthur Robson, art director at The Grip and Rous and Mann

The Canoe, spring or fall of 1912