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About the Thomson Collection

Over 50 years, Ken Thomson (1923–2006) assembled the most important private art collection in Canada, and its gift to the Art Gallery of Ontario is one of the most significant acts of philanthropy in Canadian history.

The Thomson Collection comprises Canadian paintings, First Nations objects, European works of art - primarily northern European sculpture and decorative arts dating from the early Middle Ages to the mid 19th century - plus ship models from the Napoleonic era to the 20th century.

Everything Ken Thomson bought was of the highest quality of craftsmanship and spoke directly to him.

To find out more about each collecting area, click below:

The Thomson Collection of Canadian Painting and First Nations Objects

The Thomson Collection of European Works of Art

The Thomson Collection of Ship Models 


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