Quick Reference

Time Period:
Painted in 1937.

Location:
Bennington, Vt.

Medium:
Oil on Canvas

Type:
Landscape

Category:
Churches, Buildings

Size:
25 X 30

Exhibited:
Unknown

Purchased:
Unknown

Provenance:
NA

Noteworthy:

"Made as one of my church series for Mr. F. P. Garvan who died so suddenly before the many pictures he ordered were bought." RSW

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Featured Artwork: Bennington Church

RSW's Diary Comments

"Painted in 1937. Made as one of my church series for Mr. F. P. Garvan who died so suddenly before the many pictures he ordered were bought."




Additional Notes

the Bennington Church steeple
A picture of the Bennington Church
steeple found in RSW's personal photographs

This painting remains in the estate of the artist. It sustained damage in storage requiring restoration at the Williamstown Art Conservation Center, Inc., in Williamstown, Mass. at a cost of $764.50 in October, 1992.".


This painting was one of several commisioned for a New England church series by Francis P. Garvan. He past before completion. To read about Mr. Garvin and the church series, Click Here


Though it is not fully understood what role photographs had in helping RSW paint. We do know from entries in his personal diaries that if he would only have time to sketch-out a scene, he then took detailed notes as to the colors, lighting and clouds to refresh his memory in the studio. We have identified a few photographs that appear near exact to pictures found in his personal items. The picture of the Bennington Church (below) is one of these photographs.


A picture of the Bennington Church
A picture of the Bennington Church found in RSW's
personal photographs nearly mirrors the painting's perspective

Other notable photographs matching paintings are Double Victory and In the Summer Sun


The church itself is distinguished in the state of Vermont with great historical significance. We have included to this page these additional images of the church from the 1976 Vermont Life Magazine's feature article regarding the church's restoration below...


Vermont Life Cover and featured portrait of the Church
Vermont Life Cover and featured portrait of the Church
the Bennington Church sanctuary
Bennington Church sanctuary front
Bennington Church sanctuary
Bennington Church sanctuary back
Cemetery of the church
Cemetry of the church where many prominant
Vermonter's reside. (See image- upper left.)
A small card on the church's significance
A small card on the church's significance

The Bennington Church painting was also featured in an article about Woodward in the August 1940 Yankee Magazine. We understand that a magazine would feature this beautiful church painting in its article on Woodward. It is a historically famous Vermont church by a prominant Massachusetts artist, however, we need to note that this impression of Woodward painting strictly New England churches and villages is a falsehood. In fact, as far as we know, he only painted churches as part of the Garvin commission and our "Village" gallery, as well as, Church gallery are the two smallest galleries on the website.