Alfred Joseph Casson
1898 - 1992
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Alfred Joseph Casson was born in Toronto in 1898 to an English Quaker father and a Canadian mother. He spent his childhood in Guelph and Hamilton. He left school at the age of fifteen to apprentice at a lithography company in Hamilton. While there, he studied art at the Central Technical School.
In 1915, Casson moved to Toronto, where his art was displayed at the Canadian National Exhibition in 1917. He was hired by the commercial art and engraving firm, Brigden’s, owned by the artist Frederick H. Brigden Jr and his brother George. At the age of 21, Casson moved to Rous and Mann Limited where he worked under the guidance of Franklin H. Carmichael. The young artist soon started taking weekend sketching trips with Carmichael and was introduced to the other members of the Group of Seven. In 1927, Casson joined Sampson-Matthews Limited, where he eventually became the art director and later, vice-president.
Casson was a fine watercolourist who, together with Franklin Carmichael, and Frederick H. Brigden, founded the Ontario Society of Painters in Watercolour in 1925. The following year, Casson accepted an invitation from Carmichael to join the Group of Seven. Throughout his career, Casson was an enthusiastic spokesperson for the Group's achievements.
Casson died in 1992 at the age of 94 and is buried alongside other members of the Group of Seven in the cemetery located on the McMichael’s grounds.