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Time Period:
Unknown

Location:
Heath, MA

Medium:
Chalk drawing

Type:
Landscape

Gallery:
Beech Tree

Size:
22 x 29

Exhibited:
NA

Purchased:
Unknown

Provenance:
NA

Noteworthy:

Twenty unfinished chalks and oils, mostly chalks, were forgotten and discovered in a crate being stored in an attic. A number of the pieces were nothing more than a sketch and can be found in the Sketch Book Gallery.

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Featured Artwork: Unnamed #04, Beech Tree

RSW's Diary Comments

As unfinished, Woodward would not have written or commented in his artwork diary. All the works of art were framed for their preservation in 2017.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

This drawing most closely resembles A View from Burnt Hill, however, there is not enough color added to say if it would have been the same season.


RSW begin making the trip to Heath around the same time he got his first car, a Nash, in 1925-26. He soon discovered the pasture called Burnt Hill where the Beech Tree resided. He would buy the land in 1940 and build a small studio there- The Heath Studio. He enjoyed many years there entertaining friends, picnicing, camping, and of course painting. The studio burned down in 1950, his third studio fire and it is said that when he saw the burned down studio, he turned, left, and never returned. For more click the following link : The Beech Tree



Additional Notes

This incomplete artwork was found in a forgotten shipping crate stored in an attic, as seen below, along with twenty other pieces. The crate is in excellant condition and is a wonderful example of how RSW shipped his paintings about the country to exhibit in various shows.



The Crate, complete
The crate as it was discovered.
A close up of the 'WITH CARE' label
A close up of the "WITH CARE" label
A picture of the top, with the address label
A picture of the top, with the address label
A look inside the crate, lined with newspaper
A look inside the crate, lined with newspaper
A closer look at the wood and nails
A closer look at the wood and nails
A picture of the newspaper lining
A picture of the newspaper lining
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