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Time Period:
Painted prior to 1930.

Orcutt Hill
Buckland Center, MA

Oil on Canvas



27 X 30


Mr. & Mrs. Ernest F. Goodner



"One of my most decorative sugaring pictures." RSW

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Featured Artwork: When Sap Runs

RSW's Diary Comments

 The old Orcutt house on Orcutt Hill in Buckland
The old Orcutt house on Orcutt Hill in Buckland

"Painted prior to 1930. An upright of a decorative group of bare sugar maple boles, with red sap buckets hanging on them at sugaring time, flesh colored, matted leaves and flat lichened ledges in the steep foreground, pale grayish yellow sky back of the trees. Painted from opposite the old Orcutt house on Orcutt Hill in Buckland. A painting Robert Frost especially liked when he had it for a while at his home in Amherst. Sold July 1952 to Mr. and Mrs. Ernest F. Goodner, 2090 Wilmington Ave., Salt Lake City, Utah."

Comments on the back of a sepia print:

"One of my most decorative sugaring pictures."

Additional Notes

Springfield Art League's Fine Exhibition
Imagine of clipping, source unknown

Boston Globe, March 10, 1931, by A. J. Philpott

"And there is that splendid picture which tells the maple sugar romance entitled When Sap Runs. That is a gem."

Christian Science Monitor, Oct. 11, 1932

"For instance, there is Mr. Woodward's depiction of a bit of a maple grove at the season, When Sap Runs, the small red buckets attached to the trees, adding gay notes to the tranquil countryside."

Boston Herald, Oct. 16, 1932

"When Sap Runs is a decorative arrangement of salmon and coppery tones and the grey trunks and bare branches of trees in early spring. It is also by Mr. Woodward."

Boston Post, Feb., 1931

"....Mr. Woodward sees, feels, and appreciates the country that he paints. And sometimes he tinges friendly feeling with a gentle, kindly humor. The artist, of course, sees differently from the layman; he has learned first how to see and then how to make others see with him. For instance, in When Sap Runs, he shows us the beauty of bare tall trunks and spreading branches of sugar maples that rise skyward from gray rocks and that peculiar soft pinkish color left behind by autumn leaves, tying them together with gay little knots of red sap buckets, the whole an interesting pattern of line and mass and color with an added element of human interest for which no figures are needed."


Graphic of the trees we believe still show today
Graphic of the trees we believe still show today
Believed to be the trees today
This could be the foreground tree or the one behind it.
Believed to be the trees today
This is the split "V" tree and its neighbor to the right.

Some "go-getting" Friends of Woodward enthusiast searched the area across from the old Orcutt House on Orcutt Hil and identified the possible localtion of this painting. The pictures certainly make a compelling argument. We wish to thank Sal Spenser for the pictures and Sal, as well as, Janet Gerry for securing the old picture of the Old Orcutt Hill House.