Quick Reference

Time Period:
Painted about 1940.

Location:
Hog Hollow Road
East Buckland, MA

Medium:
Oil on Canvas

Type:
Landscape

Category:
Houses

Size:
27 X 30

Exhibited:
"about the country for a year"

Purchased:
Mr. and Mrs. Edward A. Pettis
and Dr. and Mrs. Doolittle


Noteworthy:

The Nilman house was once owned by RSW's great, great grandfather Spencer Woodward.

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Featured Artwork: Winter Afternoon, Oil

RSW's Diary Comments

Winter Afternoon (Oil), Sepia
Winter Afternoon (Oil), Sepia

"Painted about 1940. This canvas was made new in the studio from an old 27 x 30 of the same subject I painted from the window of the Hog Hollow school house in the early days when Miss Russ lived there. This first canvas, tho impressive in color and design, was imperfect technically and was laid aside. I loaned it to Fabian for his house for a few years. When Fabian left and I got the canvas finally back in my hands, I made a new painting from it and then destroyed the old one. This new canvas proved to be one of the handsomest winter canvases I ever made and very popular. It was exhibited about the country for a year or so and then bought jointly by Mr. and Mrs. Edward A. Pettis and Dr. and Mrs. Doolittle of Agawam, Mass., who own it together, sharing it each 6 months of the year. At the time I made the new painting I also made a chalk drawing of the same thing which was bought by Carl Nilman of Buckland, whose farm in Hog Hollow is the subject matter. A white greenish yellow N. E. farm house on a winter, tree shadowed, knoll from which winds a back winter brook: two graceful elms rise against the landscape, back of the house and barns, a dark winter wooded hill curves across the top of the canvas, with but a strip of sunlit pale yellow sky showing above the hill. Lovely blue shadows from trees and woods slant across the landscape accentuating the contours of the road and the knoll."


Additional Notes

Boston Sunday Post, April 26, 1942

"A Winter Afternoon is particularly pleasing. The sun delicately tints the gleaming new-fallen snow with lovely hues of the opal; wheel ruts curve gracefully toward the little green cottage with hospitably lighted windows and smoking chimney. Trees, shrubbery, and narrow bridge over dark, icy waters all add their full quota to the well-knit design."


New England Afternoon is the chalk drawing made from this painting of the same scene. Owned by the Buckland Historical Society in Buckland, MA. The drawing can be seen, on display, in its Upper Street location.


White Winter is another oil painting of the same house from a different vantage point.


The house in this painting is the Nilman House which was also once owned by RSW's great, great grandfather Spencer Woodward. For more information about this house, please CLICK HERE.


Below is a letter written by RSW to Mrs. Pettis regarding Winter Afternoon.


Winter Afternoon Letter Page 1
Winter Afternoon (Oil), Letter Page 1
Winter Afternoon Letter Page 2
Winter Afternoon (Oil), Letter Page 2