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April 22, 2013
Economic Development Committee accepts Charles Pachter artworks
Today, the City's Economic Development Committee accepted a donation of 11 paintings from internationally known Toronto artist Charles Pachter’s series "1812: The Art of War".

Pending the acceptance of the donation by City Council, the paintings are scheduled to be exhibited at the new Fort York Visitor Centre, which is estimated to open in 2014 at Fort York National Site.

"I would like to thank Mr. Pachter for his generous donation," said Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre), Chair of Toronto's Economic Development Committee. "This timely gift will give visitors and residents a contemporary artist’s perspective on the War of 1812 and some of its famous participants.”

Pachter showed the committee slides of the artworks and discussed details about the donation. The series of works is valued at approximately $510,000, based on recent comparable sales and consists of large scale acrylic-based works that include prominent War of 1812 figures such as Laura Secord, Sir Isaac Brock and Tecumseh.

“These paintings reflect how Toronto's history has continued to inspire me. They are my personal legacy to my hometown, and my way of sharing the significance of the War of 1812 and the Battle of York to Toronto and to all of Canada,” said Pachter.

One of Canada’s leading contemporary artists, Pachter is a painter, printmaker, sculptor, designer, historian and lecturer. His works have been exhibited and hung in public and private collections around the world. For more information about Pachter and his 1812: The Art of War series, visit:

The proposed donation will be considered by City Council in May. More information can be viewed at:

The War of 1812 was a defining chapter in the story of Canada and Toronto. The City of Toronto and the Canadian Armed Forces will commemorate the bicentennial of the Battle of York on April 27 with a military parade, and events at Fort York National Historic Site. Information about the City's bicentennial program is available at

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