Quick Reference

Time Period:
Painted about 1930.

Location:
The Halifax house
Halifax, Vermont

Medium:
Oil on Canvas

Type:
Landscape

Category:
Houses

Size:
27 X 30

Exhibited:
"quite largely" RSW

Purchased:
Mr. Howard R. and Mrs. Helen Patch

Provenance:
NA

Noteworthy:

Awarded second prize, with bronze medal, the Boston Art Club Exhibition of Contemporary Art in 1932.

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Boston Herald Editorial Feb. 1932 with related response from a reader dated Feb. 10th.

The New England Farm, Sepia
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New England Heritage, Sepia

Featured Artwork: New England Heritage

RSW's Diary Comments

The New England Farm, Sepia
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New England Heritage, Sepia

“Painted about 1930. The first painting I made of the old Halifax (Vt.) house, soon after I discovered it in the late summer of 1930, a house I painted many times after, from many angles. Exhibited quite largely, at the Boston Art Club Exhibition of Contemporary Art in 1932, being given second prize, with bronze medal. Purchased 1936 or 7 by Mr. Howard R. and Mrs. Helen Patch of 4 Barrett place, Northampton, Mass. for $400, May, 1936."


From Woodward notes:

"good reproduction of N. E. Heritage, BAC prize picture in the Post... was awarded second prize at the Boston Art Club Exhibit Contemporary American Oils. This artist has long been reckoned among American painters of original merit."


Additional Notes

Letter to the Editor of the Springfield Republican,
March 1, 1932 about New England Heritage

Boston Sunday Post, February 7, 1932:

“…..Beside it hangs New England Heritage by Robert Strong Woodward, a sympathetic presentation of an old abandoned house, the sunshine mellowing its weather beaten red into cheerfulness, a nearby tree lowering graceful protective branches in pleasing pattern to screen its ruined roof; realism and poetry combined in genuine artistry. This, by a Massachusetts painter, has been awarded second prize.”



"Art Chat" by Anna W. Olmsted, Director of Syracuse Museum of Fine Arts:

" ... What warm and delectable color in the weathered red barns, as in New England Heritage (another prize winner)...."



North Adams Transcript, Sept. 9, 1933

"Among his paintings is New England Heritage showing a dilapidated red-painted ell with clinging clapboards and broken windows."



Woodward did not like any reference to his handicap. Left Column is a clipping from an editorial published in the Boston Herald sometime before Feb. 10th, 1932. After reading the editorial, RSW made a note to a friend, "This was a lot of mush and sob stuff which I hate. Mother and Father, however, were very much excited."


Click Here for a Provenance on the Halifax house.


We wish to thank the current owners for extending us the courtesy and access to this painting for the above image. May 2013