1908 Mural at Rosedale Public School

  • Spring, Detail from Mural at Rosedale Public School

    The Most Beautiful Schoolroom in Canada

    Depicting the changing seasons with children playing, strolling and picnicking in the dappled sunlight and shade of the Don Valley, the Rosedale mural became the first original landscape painting commissioned for a Toronto school. Beatty’s lyrical and poetic style was deeply influenced by the European Barbizon and Impressionist schools of painters and was noted in 1917 by the Toronto Star as “one of the most beautiful schoolrooms in Canada”.

    J.W. Beatty

    Oil (mural)


    Colour photograph of a painting of a group of children playing outside under trees.