Steve Martin makes surprise visit to London, Ont., museum

Actor and comedian Steve Martin visited Museum London on Wednesday in London, Ont., interested in viewing paintings by the famous Canadian art collective the Group of Seven.

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Actor and comedian Steve Martin made an unannounced visit Wednesday to a museum in London, Ont., to view paintings by Lawren Harris, a founding member of the Group of Seven.

Museum London officials said Martin was most interested in seeing the Harris oil on canvas painting called From the North Shore, Lake Superior, circa 1927.

Lawren Stewart Harris (Canadian, 1885-1970) From the North Shore, Lake Superior, circa 1927 Oil on canvas Collection of Museum London, Gift of H. S. Southam Esq., Ottawa, Ontario, 1940 (Submitted by Museum London)

Martin is co-curating an exhibition of Harris' work called The Idea of the North: Paintings by Lawren S. Harris. On Thursday night at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, the comedian will participate in "an evening of conversation" about the exhibit with Adam Gopnik, a staff writer with The New Yorker.

After Martin's tour of Museum London, excited Londoners snapped photos of Martin feeding Canada geese outside the museum.

The Group of Seven formed in the early 1920s, travelling and painting iconic landscapes of the Canadian wilderness until 1933. Harris' most well-known paintings are landscapes of Canada's cold north.

Check out the CBC's Digital Archives on the Group of Seven.