Franklin Carmichael's Rock

In 1934 Joachim Gauthier took this famous photograph of Franklin Carmichael painting at Grace Lake while the two artists were on one of their many painting expeditions.  

Carmichael, a member of the Group of 7, is seated on a white quartzite rock of which the La Cloche Mountains are made of.
   

This rock, part of Canada's art history, sat undisturbed for 70 years until someone pushed the 200 pound seat over a cliff. While visiting the site in 2005 art historians Jim & Sue Waddington discovered the rock had been moved.

A year later Jim & Sue returned to the site with Jon & Kerry Butler and they were able to locate the missing rock on a ledge down the side of the cliff. They decided it had to go back.

On July 19, 2007 a group of eight got together armed with rope, block and tackle, Wood's packs and lots of determination. Jim & Sue Waddington, Jon & Kerry Butler, Tom Kelley, Jill Campbell, Tom Bodine & Stephen O'Neill dodged a thunderstorm and headed to Grace Lake to resurrect Franklin Carmichael's Rock and as they say "the rest is history".

  

A. J. Casson & La Cloche    Group of 7 Photo Gallery  

 La Cloche Artists & Photographers    The Willisville Mountain Project

Photos are by members of the Butler family unless identified otherwise. If you see any years, names or locations that are not correct please let us know. Click on any photo to see a larger version.

 

Arriving at the portage;Jill Campbell & Tom Bodine, July 19, 2007

At the portage to Grace Lake;Tom Kelley, Tom Bodine, Jill Campbell, Jim Waddington, Stephen O'Neill, Sue Waddington & Kerry Butler, July 19, 2007

This is going to be fun!Jim Waddington, July 19, 2007

Speed;Stephen O'Neill & Tom Kelley, July 19, 2007

The climb;Jill Campbell & Tom Bodine, July 19, 2007

Almost there;Sue Waddington & Kerry Butler, July 19, 2007

We made it!Stephen O'Neill & Jon Butler, July 19, 2007

Ready to work;Tom Kelley, Stephen O'Neill, Sue Waddington, Jill Campbell, Kerry Butler, Tom Bodine & Jim Waddington, July 19, 2007

The cliff;July 19, 2007

Up to the first level;Jon Butler & Tom Bodine, July 19, 2007

Haul away;Tom Bodine, Tom Kelley, Stephen O'Neill & Jim Waddington, July 19, 2007

One more level to go;Jon Butler, Stephen O'Neill, Tom Bodine, Jim Waddington & Tom Kelley, July 19, 2007 - Sue Waddington

Final stretch;Jim Waddington, Jon Butler, Tom Bodine, Stephen O'Neill & Tom Kelley, July 19, 2007

There's treasure inside;Tom Kelley, July 19, 2007

Placing the rock;Stephen O'Neill & Jill Campbell, July 19, 2007

Celebration!Jim Waddington, Jill Campbell, Stephen O'Neill, Tom Bodine, Sue Waddington, Jon Butler & Tom Kelley, July 19, 2007

Carmichael's Rock;July 19, 2007

Kerry Butler;Willisville, Ontario, July 19, 2007 - Jim Waddington

Tom Kelley;Boulder, Colorado, July 19, 2007 - Jim Waddington

Sue Waddington;Hamilton, Ontario, July 19, 2007 - Jim Waddington

Jill Campbell;Lansing, Michigan, July 19, 2007 - Jim Waddington

Stephen O'Neill;Parry Sound, Ontario, July 19, 2007 - Jim Waddington

Jon Butler;Willisville, Ontario, July 19, 2007 - Jim Waddington

Tom Bodine;Lansing Michigan, July 19, 2007 - Jim Waddington

Jim Waddington;Hamilton, Ontario, July 19, 2007 - Jim Waddington

Heading back to the cottage;Tom Kelley, July 19, 2007

Goodbye until next time; Jim & Sue Waddington, July 19, 2007

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