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Time Period:
1928- '29.

Charlemont Road (Town Farm Hill)
Buckland Center, MA

Oil on Canvas



25 x 30, Upright

Littlecote Gallery, Utica, NY, 1929
Myles Standish Galleries, 1929
Winchester AL, 1937
Myles Standish Hotel, 1944

Mrs. Wm. H. Moore



"...one of several I made for Mrs. Wm. H. Moore..." RSW

This painting is one of just a few to premier at the Myles Standish Gallery shortly after it opened and was part of the Hotel's last hurrah in 1944. Most all of the 1944 were loaned by their owners to honor the hotel before it closes and is later purchased by Boston University and converted into their first dormitory.

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RSW's Diary Comments

Painted before 1929. This was one of several I made for Mrs. Wm. H. Moore when she agreed to own one of my paintings, although she eventually bought Road Guardians from Conway Road. Painted on Town Farm Hill in Buckland just below old town farm. Upright."

Comments on the back of a sepia print:

"Bright yellow-green, with dark bronzy-green for hemlocks, and foreground, rose-color."

"Exhibited at the Myles Standish Galleries, Boston, Mass."

Additional Notes

Boston Globe, May, 1929, by A. J. Philpott.

"....May Woods is charming in its color and luminosity--and in its whole character."

Myles Standish May 1929
Boston Sunday Post, May 13, 1929
Woodward's first featured exhibition at Myles
Standish Gallery and his second in Boston.

The Myles Standish Hotel was very important to Woodward. Opening in 1928, Woodward would hold his second one-man show in Boston in the hotel's art gallery within first year in May of 1929. This exhibition, and his 1931 show would be well received and reviewed by Boston's top two art critics of the day -- A. J. Philpott of the Boston Globe and Albert Franz Cochrane of the Boston Evening Transcript.

During the enitre duration of the hotel's lifespan, Woodward usually had a painting hanging somewhere inside the building. If not in the gallery, than the lobby. If not the lobby, a painting would be hanging in the dining room of its restaurant.

As far as hotel's go, the Standish's life was short lived. Not only did it open shortly before the Great Depression hit, but the shear length of the depression was ultimately its undoing as well. The final days of the hotel's operation, around 1944, Woodward, perhaps in the hope of saving the hotel, put together one last exhibition featuring 20 oil paintings and 7 chalk drawings - many of which were his personal favorites - as well as other fine paintings owned by his influential friends, like Mrs. Moore, Scott Fitz, and the King family, the Lunts, etc. The hotel would close sometime after (we could not find a single reference to the actual day or year) and reopened in 1949 as the Myles Standish Dormitory, Boston University's first dorm.

The Myles Standish Hotel today
The Myles Standish Hotel today

Let's not overlook Mrs. Ada Moore who entered RSW's life somtime after his Redgate Studio fire and took over the burden of his financial cost due to his physical state of paralysis leveling the playing field. She for all intents and purposes, sponsored his career. So for this painting to be made for her and ALSO be hung at the last exhbition of the Myles Standish Hotel indicates what it meant to him.

Mrs. Ada Small Moore
Mrs. Ada Small Moore

In 2007 this painting underwent restoration at Williamstown.