Quick Reference

Time Period:
Between 1907-1908

Location:
N/A

Medium:
Watercolor

Type:
Sketch

Gallery:
Illumination

Size:
Unknown

Exhibited:
No

Purchased:
No

Provenance:
NA

Noteworthy:

This work by Woodward sometime around his tragic accident, demonstrates his love for illuminations and his mother.

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Featured Artwork: To Tell Mother I love Her

RSW's Diary Comments

None.



Additional Notes

Letter-type label from the photograph
This symbol of five triangles, 2 pointing down
and 3 up, was also found in a small book of poetry
RSW wrote 9 months after his tragic accident.

Woodward made this card for his mother. It was given as part of a collection of papers, photographs and other items given to the Smithsonian Museum, upon his death in 1957 and is found in their collection. While the actual date is unknown, we believe it was created around 1907 when Woodward was 22 years old and beginning to recover from his accident. We feel it was likely made the same year as another early work by Woodward, "The Love Leaf" as both use the same 5 triangle symbol forming a trapezoid found in the lower right corner. We know of no other instances where Woodward used this symbol.


Inside Cover of The Love Leaf
Inside Cover of The Love Leaf

The Love Leaf is a short, self "printed" bound book of poetry, also found in the Smithsonian Museum, collection of papers. Dedicated to, what we believe may be a childhood friend, Helen Ives. Woodward signs it, "Miserably Printed By Me Robert Strong Woodward," and is dated, June 13, 1907, just over 9 months after his tragic accident.

The book was bound using leather strapping and contains another sketched work of art signed and dated 1903.

5 Triangle Trapeziod Symbol from back cover of The Love Leaf
5 Triangle Trapeziod Symbol from back cover
of The Love Leaf

We do not know the significance of the symbol used by Woodward other than it could simply be a reflection of the profusion of emotions he must be feeling in the period of time immediately following his accident in 1906.