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Painted 1918-'19

Buckland Center, MA

Oil on Canvas



30 x 40

Westfield Athenaeum, 1938
Southern Vermont AA, 1938
Home of Mr. & Mrs. Roger Smith, '44

Given to Ralph Wilder



Mr. Wilder brought this painting to the studio so that RSW could paint a smaller version (25 x 30) titled, A Winter Day.

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Winter Farms

RSW's Diary Comments

The comment's below is from the diary entry for A Winter Day

"Painted 1938-9. The very first years I was painting I made a winter canvas from inside the house of Charles Wilder's farm on Buckland Hill. For some reason I can not recall, I gave this painting to the carpenter, Ralph Wilder who now owns it. In the winter of 1939 he brought it to the studio and from it I painted a very brilliant 25 x 30 winter canvas (although the original was 30 x 40). Majestic Putts Hill rises in the background above a nearby group of gray and red ended barns and a red silo, around the right of which a road drops off into the valley through apple trees, a two horse sled, opposite the barn end, climbing up the hill. Bought the year I painted it by Mr. and Mrs. P.H.B. Frelinghuysen of Manchester, Vt. and Morristown, N.J. at a time when they were acquiring a number of my chalks and my canvases."

Additional Notes

A close up of the texture and bush strokes from
this painting provided by the current owner

Below:The close-up view of the signature shows the red "S" characteristic of his signature.

RSW's signature and date from the painting

This painting was made from the top of the hill on Charlemont road out of Buckland Center, Mass.

This painting is now in Indiana.

This painting was made in 1918 or 1919 at which time the artist used a thick layer of paint to create his work, including the use of a pallet knife as well as brushes.

A photograph of the Southwick reconstruction project

The oil painting Winter Farms was made looking out the windows of the home of Charles Wilder. The date at the bottom of the painting appears to be 1919. This large 30 x 40 oil appearently was one of the few which survived both the Redgate Studio fire and the Hiram Woodward Studio fire because it was brought to the Southwick Studio in the late 1930's and was stored in the Southwick studio's storeroom for a number of years.

In the early 1930's he presented this painting to the lead carpenter of the Southwick reconstruction project, (left) Ralph Wilder, apparently in payment for the work the carpenter was doing for him, and also because the painting was made of Ralph's old home farm where he grew up on Charlemont Road. In 1938 the Wooward diary reports that he asked Ralph to return the painting so he could copy it. The copy, titled, A Winter Day, was a much smaller 25 x 30 than the original 30 x 40. The original was returned to Ralph and was eventually handed down to Ralph's son, Herbert, and ended up in Indiana. It's curret whereabouts, since the death of Herbert, is uncertain.