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Time Period:
Painted 1943


Oil on Canvas


Roads & Streets

22 X 38

Vose Galleries

Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Billings



This is one of three composite paintings of the same scene all made around the same time (1943, '44, '45). This version is one of two rectangular 22" x 38" versions. The original painting of this scene is In October Hills , 1943. In October Hills , however is nearly square 25" x 30" and the grouping of trees to the left are different.

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Featured Artwork: Through October Hills   (The second of 3 similar paintings)

RSW's Diary Comments

In October Hills, 1942

"Painted 1944-45. A brilliant autumn canvas, composed in the studio from elements of different previous canvases of mine, a purplish Oct. mountain with shafts of sunlight on it. The background (taken from Just After Haying Time) --a stonewalled roadway running out of the foreground to drop into middle distance (taken from Wind'll Blow Hill canvas) with mass of autumn trees at the left. Made for tentative clients of Vose Galleries but not bought by them when offered for inspection. Soon purchased, however, from the studio by Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Billings of Hatfield, Mass. At the time made several variations in size composition etc. of the same general theme."

Diary Comments from New England in October:

"Painted about 1944-5. Several paintings similar to this I made in the studio the winter of 1944 '5. The description under Through October Hills (which see) applies to this picture too, although the composition is somewhat different with the stone wall in Through October Hills, for instance, much more prominent. Sold Dec. '53 to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Abbott of Braintree, Mass."

New England in October
New England in October, is the third painting
in this series, with its much less pronounced wall.
There will be more images and comparisons below.

Editor's Notes:

We underline Woodward's remarks concerning this painting from the third version of this scene, New England in October, to stress the point that differs this painting, the second one made, has a more pronounced stone wall.

   At some time or another these details were either overlooked or mixed up and we incorrectly labelled the color image, New England in October (left), as this painting for years! We had the owner of the third painting measure it confirming it is not the size (22" x 38") Woodward claimed is the size of the painting above. See the illustration below for additional information.

It makes no sense that it took Woodward (according to his diary comments) almost two years to make the second and third paintings. He even got the first painting's year wrong. He had a potential customer waiting for her specified dimensions and perspective. There is no way she waited two years for the painting or that the artist would make her wait that long. In fact, we doubt it took him more than a couple months to make the second painting which would date it in 1943. The years/dates of the paintings are the most inaccurate information given in his painting diaries. The exhibition list is far more reliable.

Additional Notes

Woodward does not say where he got the stonewall to the right of the road or the group of trees to the left and note that for the other two paintings. The tree group is more pronounced than the original In October Hills (1943).

For this painting and the third, the left side of the road is far less than the original scene from Wind'll Blow Hill meaning that the only part of the Conway painting to remain is the road and its giant rock.

Just After Haying Time
Just After Haying Time
Through October Hills Sepia
Wind'll Blow Hill
What you are looking at here is a transparent color image of the 22" x 36" New England in October overlaid on
top of the black and white sepia print of the 22" x 38" Through October Hills. We used the tree trunk (1) and roadside
rock (2) as the anchors for which we aligned the two images thus exposing their differences. You can see how closely aligned the tree and rock are because they are more focused then the rest of the illustration. The farther you get from the tree and rock reveals just how different the two paintings really are. In fact, we believe the biggest difference is that Through October Hills (the second painting) is a closer vantage point to the subject than both the first and third paintings. The hill, the stonewall (3) and trees in the field are all larger and "more prominent" than they are in the color
image of New England in October (the third painting). What cinched it for us was how nicely the two images lined up with the cuts in the field (4) on the right hand side of the painting. We consider it more than coincidental. It ties it up.