"Tom’s first large canvass when exhibited at the Ontario Society of Artists' exhibition, was purchased by the Government. When the art director of the department rushed back to tell Thomson the great news, the members of the department were jubilant, but Tom controlled his feelings […] he did not know what to say, so he said nothing. A red flush passed over the back of his neck, but he never looked up, never stopped his work, never uttered a word. Thomson was deeply emotional but never paraded his feelings; he smothered them within himself."
- Arthur Robson, March, 1913