This is an approximation of when the portrait would have been painted, as it begins with Grier's Toronto career in 1891 and ends with Macdonald's death in 1917.
1 painting : oil on canvas, colour; 137 x 101 cm
A painted portrait of Lieutenant Colonel William Campbell Macdonald painted by Sir Edmund Wyly Grier. Grier most likely painted the face and head of this painting while his students would have painted the rest of the canvas, as this was a common practice at the time.
William Macdonald was the first cousin of the founder of SAC, Rev. Bruce Macdonald. He was a member of the 48th Highlanders and served in the Queen's Own Rifles, the oldest infantry regiment in Canada.
The artist Sir Edmund Wyly Grier was a well-known portrait painter from Toronto, and painted numerous politicans, corporate leaders, and other notable persons. He was also the first Canadian to receive a knighthood in recognition of his work as an artist.