"He took me out to a shack at the back , where Tom Thomson has his studio. Tom, whom I now first met, is a medium, well built chap, with a clean face and the hard hands of the woodsman. But the place was awfully bare. He and Lismer work together and both are about bankrupt. There was no fire in the stove and he explained it did not draw well for lack of enough pipe. But I perceive the real reason is no money for fuel. He showed me bunches of sketches by A.Y. Jackson and Arthur Lismer, and praised them highly, but said nothing of himself save in answer to questions."
- H. O. Hammond, Photographer and Journalist, December 10, 1915