Wednesday, January 6, 2010
William Armstrong's Secret Signature
Artists have been known to sign their works in many different ways, but William Armstrong might claim the most unusual signature.
Armstrong was comissioned to produce a large watercolour painting of Toronto's old city hall. The painting was commissioned to generate interest in the building project.
Armstrong didn't scrawl his name across the bottom of his painting. In fact, you would have to look hard to discover who exactly did paint it. But the clue is there to be found. A close observation reveals in the bottom left corner, a figure carrying a sandwich board with Armstrong's initials.
This is almost as bizarre as the way EJ Lennox left his name on the building. But, thats a story for another blog entry on another day.
Source: City of Toronto website
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