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Time Period:
1929 or prior

Leyden Village, Mass.
Down the hill from town hall

Oil on Canvas


Houses, People & Livestock

25 x 30




This chalk drawing is the sister of an oil by the same name.

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Regarding the
Chalk Drawings

The following is an excerpt from, "An Artist of his Time", a lecture, hosted by the Friends of RSW, on RSW by Peter Trippi, editor-in-chief, Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, which also did a feature article on RSW. CLICK HERE to view the Article

"...the pastel works - they're just fantastic. And I'm afraid that they photograph very well but you don't really appreciate the difficulty of making them until you see them up close. That as you know with pastel, you have to be very very good to make it work, because it hard to correct a mistake. With oil paint it's much easier to cover over the error. But these are really really spectacular."

October 4, 2014
Peter Trippi, editor-in-chief
Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine

Featured Artwork: The Genial Old House, Chalk

The Genial Old House
The image above is of the oil painting Genial Old House. No image of this chalk exist.

RSW's Diary Comments

Woodward almost never commented in his diary about chalk drawings although remarkable in their own right, so we often include his comments regarding the oil sibling.

The following is RSW's comments regarding the oil painting Genial Old House.

"Painted about 1930. The front facade and ell of a rare old house in Leyden village. House the main subject, weather beaten old white paint, with faded battered old green blinds, very fascinating to me. I have always considered this one of my finest expressions, perfectly painted, really ?big? picture, but it has never been very popular with the public. Farmer's wife in black with black cat in front yard."

Excerpt from RSW Diary
Excerpt from an RSW painting diary:

Comments on the back of a sepia print:

"One of my most loved canvases. House faded white, much weathered, soaking in the sun, faded green blinds. Delicate and lovely in color. Outstanding canvas."

Additional Notes

Picture of house today.
The Genial Old House as it looks today

Painted in Leyden Village, Mass. down the hill from the town hall. House still standing, refaced but essentially the same.

The whereabouts of this chalk drawing is unknown.

This drawing was exhibited at the 1929 Pynchon Gallery Exhibition along with a number of chalk drawings. Jeanette Matthews does not make the distinction in her artilce that this piece is oil on canvas.

Springfield Republican, 1929, by Jeanette C. Matthews

Picture of house today.