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Time Period:
Winter of 1938

Old covered bridge
Charlemont, Mass.

Oil on Canvas


Brooks, Ponds, Rivers, Mountains

30 X 36





This is 1 of 5 pieces related to the Charlemont Bridge which was destroyed in the hurricane and flood of 1938.

It is also important to note that there was an earlier version of this painting, however, it was eventually destroyed because RSW was never fully satisfied with it for unknown reasons. It did however exhibit at both Ronald Lyman Residence in 1926 and J. H. Miller Co. Galleries in 1928 before it was marked for destruction.

Because it was destroyed, there is no page for it on this website.

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Featured Artwork: Through Summer Hills (Oil)

Through Summer Hills (Oil)
The above image is of Through Summer Hills, Chalk. The original sepia of this painting can be seen below.

RSW's Diary Comments

Through October Hills Sepia
Through Summer Hills Sepia

"Painted prior to 1939. The covered bridge at Charlemont, Mass. Painted in the Buckland studio from older 25 x 30 made several years previously and the 25 x 30 destroyed. Also made a chalk drawing of the same subject which is owned by Rev. and Mrs. Matthews of Pelham Manor, N. Y. (see Through Summer Hills (Chalk)."

Comments on the back of a sepia print:

"Varied blues and summer greens predominate. Red buildings at left. Covered bridge dark gray-brown. Water is opalescent with blues, greens, and violets, very iridescent and wet looking! Sky, broken white clouds with open spots of pale blue. River banks run down to warm dull gold."

Additional Notes

Littlecote Article
Article regarding the Littlecote Gallery Exhibition,
Utica, NY, 1929, mentions the original painting.

A painting named "Through Summer Hills" was listed as being shown at 3 exhibitions in the 1920's:

It is believe that it was this is the 25 x 30 painting that Woodward created the subsequent other paintings and chalk then "destroyed." In his diary comment, Woodward does not give the year this painting was made other than to say, "several years previously." It is conceivable that Woodward greatly under estimated the length of time from when he painted it since he was doing this from memory. According to Mark Purinton's first hand account the painting was, "was stored out in the frame room with countless other unfinished paintings as well as those with a purple "D" painted on the backs. (Please see that essay.)". The question does remain, why did Woodward exhibit a painting that was not satisfactory to him?. In any case, this painting is NOT listed in the Complete Works List because it was destroyed.

The 1920's painting was mentioned in two articles related to the exhibitions it appeared. To the right, is the article connected with the Littlecote Gallery Exhibition and below is a quote believed to be related to the 1928 exhibition at J.H. Miller Galleries.

Springfield Daily Republican, Springfield, MA., Sat. April 28, 1928

A picturesque bridge-and-stream composition,

A photo of the old covered bridge before it was
destroyed in the hurricane and flood of 1938.

See also: Through Summer Hills, Charlemont Bridge, The Long Bridge and Down Through Summer Hills for all the pieces related to this subject matter.

Read the Scrapbook story regarding the piece Through Summer Hills.

The bridge was destroyed by the hurricane of 1938, prompting RSW to create the new painting and chalk from the unsatisfactory mid-1920's version of the scene.

Boston Globe Article
The 1920's version of this painting was also mentioned
in this Springfield Union article.

Right: Springfield Union, 1926

"'Through Summer Hills,' is a landscape of rich, harmonious colors."

Other paintings and drawings of the Deerfield River: