"Painted in winter 1942. A repainting made in the studio from an old canvas of the same size. The old one I destroyed. The brook is the Apple Valley Brook, near the first bridge at the foot of the road in Ashfield."
"Painted in early spring before direct greens come to the woods. Colors surrounding brook are neutral dull greens, violets, and pinks. Water very iridescent, sparkling, moving. A lively canvas, but very peaceful and livable. Almost no direct green in this."
The 1922 clipping to the right was once thought to be the painting The Brook. However, a note in RSW's handwriting puts that painting location at "Clock Hollow" in Buckland, where as this one was painted in Ashfield.
Although we can't get a better image of the clipping, our side-by-side comparison below shows enough evidence to believe this may well be the original painting RSW refers to in his dairy comments.