1872 The O.S.A. Founded

  • First Page of OSA Minute Book with entry for the inaugural meeting

    First Meeting

    The Ontario Society of Artists was founded in 1868 by a small group of like-minded artists who met in the home of John A. Fraser. Bringing together painters, sculptors, illustrators and graphic designers the society is Canada’s oldest continuously operating society. Toronto’s public schools enjoyed close ties with the Society in its early years and it often advised schools on suitable artists and works for their collections.

    Ontario Society of Artists

    Ink on paper


    22 lines of handwritten text in black ink on white paper with frayed edges, dated at top right.