Osgoode Hall has been delighting visitors since the mid-19th century. Architecture is the main draw, but its portrait collection, which has grown steadily since 1846, is part of its appeal. Although the collection started as a tribute to individual Chief Justices of the province and Treasurers of the Law Society of Ontario, it now constitutes an invaluable record of Ontario’s history.
The collection, owned by the Law Society of Ontario, consists of over 100 paintings and a number of sculptures, drawings and prints. This tour samples representative works that will allow you to understand the collection.
The tour starts in the atrium, just past the main doors. The map in the top right corner of the app will help you find the stops. Tour screens include written text that provide basic information about the works and audio files to flesh out the story; tap the speech bubble next to the audio controls to access transcripts. Tap on the images to enlarge them and to see the captions and citations.
While all the paintings are on display, they are not necessarily hanging in areas open to the public. If you wish to see more of the collection, particularly the more recent works, you can visit during Doors Open Toronto in May or join one of our guided tours in July and August.
The Law Society of Ontario would like to acknowledge the valuable contribution of Professor Angela Carr to this project.