"Painted prior to 1930. A favorite painting of Herbert Keach's sugar house on a steep hillside. Bought from the old studio around 1931 or 1932 by my old Peoria school friend, Bess Oakford Hunter. Hanging in their home. Mr. and Mrs. Jay T. Hunter, 304 Parkside Drive, Peoria, Illinois."
"The bright clean color of the pails and snow and trees in the crisp cool air...... the trailing cloud of blue steam that makes such a lovely spot of color in the grove that climbs high up the hillside."
This recently discovered painting (January 2017) is similar to but different, in both size and aspect ratio, from, Steaming Sugar House,. It is named and signed, however, the signature is lacking RSW's trademark red "S". It is also different in brush style which is finer and not impasto like Steaming Sugar House, suggesting it was painted later than it.
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