Paintings by Group of Seven founder were buried in backyard for 30 years

Ooooh, a Long Lost Art story. We love those. We don’t really believe any of them (particularly this one) but we love them all the same. Yeah, right, buried in the back yard for decades. Yep, pull the other one.

Global News

VANCOUVER – Ten oil sketches by James Edward Hervey (J.E.H.) MacDonald, the founder of the iconic Group of Seven, will go on display at the Vancouver Art Gallery after being buried for more than 30 years.

The collection has been unseen by the public in more than 40 years and was donated to the gallery by Toronto-based collectors Ephry and Melvin Merkur.

“We are thrilled to have received these extraordinary paintings that are accompanied by such an incredible story,” said Kathleen S. Bartels, the Vancouver Art Gallery’s director, in a news release. “We extend our sincere gratitude to the Merkur Family for this remarkable gesture of generosity. This donation adds much depth to the existing works by MacDonald in our collection and enriches the Gallery’s overall representation of the Group of Seven. It also sheds new light on some of the most cherished and acclaimed McDonald paintings that are in…

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