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Time Period:
Painted in 1939.

Mary Lyon Church
Buckland Center

Oil on Canvas


Churches, People & Livestock

22 x 42

Grand Central Art Galleries

Mr. and Mrs. L. C. Howard



The unusual size is attributed to RSW painting this initially for his dear friend Emmet Hays Naylor to replace a 25 x 30 painting of the same subject. As it happens, the 25 x 30 was not the right porportion for the space.

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RSW's Diary Comments

"Painted in 1939. A larger painting of the Mary Lyon Church in Buckland, made for the home of my dearest friend Emmet Hays Naylor in Cummington to take the place of the 25 x 30 of the same subject (later bought by Mr. F. B. Frelinghuysen) which Emmett had chosen but which was not the right proportion for the space. He had it but a few weeks when he died. My first view of it was at his funeral. After his death it was given back to me by the family. I sent it to the Grand Central Art Galleries, who sold it to Mr. and Mrs. L. C. Howard, Arlington, New Jersey."

Additional Notes

This painting now hangs in a home in northern New England.

Below is a closer view of the Mary Lyon Church and the people. Mary Lyon is the founder of Holyoke College.

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