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Time Period:
Painted in winter of 1931.

Union Street
Boston, MA

Oil on Canvas


Boston series

27 X 30

Grand Central Art Gallery




This painting was purchased by "private lot" from the Grand Central Art Gallery Founder's Show. The Gallery would not reveal the name of the buyer, much to RSW's "annoyance."

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The Oyster House
A copy of a chalk drawing which was made on the street in Boston.

RSW's Diary Comments

“Painted in winter of 1931. Portrait of Boston’s Old Oyster House on Union St. just off from Hanover Square. Made a chalk drawing from the street of this subject (bought by dear Mrs. Howard Robbins) and from this made two paintings, this 27 x 30 and a larger 36 x 42. This 27 x 30 went to one of the Grand Central Art Gallery Founders Shows and was chosen by lot by private owner but I do not know whom. These galleries will not ‘tell,’ much to my annoyance!”

Comments on the back of a sepia print:

“This photograph is of a smaller painting (now sold) exactly like the larger one I now own (36 x 42) except that the present one I have for sale, has the baker leaning out of an upper window and one or two different figures on the street. All the rest is the same. Exquisite in color of old ochre and red brick and rich with old Boston atmosphere. The 36 x 42 is titled In Old Boston.

Additional Notes

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