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Time Period:
Midwinter of 1943.

Southwick Studio, north window.

Oil on Canvas



27 X 30


Emma P. Coombs
Who presented it to
to Rev. William Cole



Painting has RSW's beloved horse Trigger in it.

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RSW's Diary Comments

"Midwinter of 1943. My barns and sheds, and Gould's barn, done from my studio window. The bronze horse weather vane of the big barn, showing "Trigger" my black horse in his yellow blanket, standing by the bars of the barnyard. Also, the bird feed box showing on the end of the garage as the first slow snow flakes of a beginning storm in the air. Sold Sept. 1944 to Emma P. Coombs of Southbridge, Mass., who presented it to Rev. William Cole."

Comments on the back of a sepia print:

"See colored reproduction for fairly accurate color notes. Please note that (although nearly square) this is an upright canvas. $500."

Additional Notes

A photograph of the area with beloved Trigger by F. Earl Williams

Please note that (although nearly square) this is an upright canvas. This is the original painting. It was was nearly duplicated two years later as Snow in the Air.

This painting now hangs in the state of Wisconsin

The letter below was attached to the painting. We do not know who Miss Coombs was addressing.

Note from Miss Coombs, about getting in touch with Robert Woodward re: This painting.

August 21, 1944

Lovely Lady:

Can you send me, if possible without the Shepherds' knowing, the address of the talented artist he visited this summer? The man sits in a wheel-chair and paints wonderful pictures of the farm and its surroundings.

Thank you very much. I love you, and wish it had been possible to be with you often - but there just has to be more of the story in some later edition - because I can never really let you go out of my heart.

With all best wishes for you and yours always,

Emma P. Coombs