- Place of Use Continent - North America, Country - Canada
- Category Communication artifacts
- Sub-category Art
- Department Art and Memorials
- Museum CWM
- Earliest 1914/01/01
- Latest 1916/12/31
- Inscription (recto): THE FOOT PATH OF PEACE To be glad of life because it gives you a chance to love, and to work, and play, and to look up at the stars; to be satis-fied with your possessions but not contented with yourself until you have made the best use of them; to despisnothing in the world except falsehood and meaness, and to fear nothing except cowardice; to be governed by your admirations rather than by your disgusts; to covet nothing that is your neighbors except his kindness of heart and gentleness of manners; to think seldom of your enemies, often of your friends and every day of Chris, and to spend as much time as you can with body and with spirit in Gods out-of-doors. These are little guide posts on the foot path of peace. HENRY VAN DYKE; TT; (verso): WINSOR & NEWTON'S WATER COLOUR SKETCHING BOARD WHATMANS' "HOTPRESSES" SURFACE MADE IN ALL...SURFACER 86 RATHBONE PLACE, LONDON ENGLAND.
- Medium inkwatercolour
- Support art board
- Materials Not applicable
- Person / Institution Associated party, van Dyke, Henry
- Measurements Height 49.3 cm, Width 35.5 cm
- Caption The Foot Path of Peace
This work painted by Tom Thomson around 1915 incorporates a poem by American Henry Van Dyke. It reflects the early twentieth century's widespread faith in nature's power to improve people's physical and moral well-being. It might also express Thomson's response to the First World War; he did not serve in the military and, according to Thomson's sister, was a pacifist. Van Dyke's words may have been a source of spiritual comfort for Thomson, echoing his own views on the nature of war.
The Foot Path of Peace
Painted by Tom Thomson around 1915.
Beaverbrook Collection of War Art