This website is a tribute to the life and artwork of Western Massachusetts artist Robert Strong Woodward (1885 -1957).

Current Announcements

The 2017 Calendars by the Buckland Historical Society
Are Now Available!

12 new months of artwork featuring the new image of When Apples are Ripe! To view the new calendar and make an order please click on either the picture or link below:

What’s New

New Articles list being built!
The website staff is currently compiling, sorting and organizing all print items related to RSW. This includes profiles, shows he exhibited at, critiques, reviews, covers and features from newspapers and magazines. The work is very daunting and will take considerable time to complete. We ask that you bear with us as we work to bring you thing new feature.

You are welcome to follow along as we do this by visiting the new "Articles" list page. Completed article pages ready when the is no graphic asterisk next to the link in the lower right of the entry.
New "Updates" Format!
Scoll DOWN to see all the new updates and additions being made to the website. So much is happening that you will not want to miss anything!
Friends of Woodward
The Friends Of Woodward organization has now received 501(c)3 status. This means that donations to the organization are tax deductible. Click here for more information about the Friends Of Woodward.
Website Rebuild
We are currently updating the entire website. The entire Gallery section for every available painting and chalk drawing is complete. We are continuing to update the Scrapbook pages. Please be patient with us however as we have hundreds of pages that need to be updated with the changes and currently some links do not work. We are working to correct these as quickly as possible.

Monthly Featured Artwork from our 2017 Calendar: Winter Pastures

Winter Pastures, an oil painting by Robert Strong Woodward. The December view depicted on the 2017 Buckland Historical Society Woodward Calendar

Website's Key Features

Welcome to! The website is divided into two main features. First is the Gallery of Woodward's artwork sorted in themes and then alphabetically. There is also the Scrapbook which contains collections of stories, memorabilia and specific citations related to Woodward, his life and achievements. It is at once a tribute and historical record of Woodward and the life and times from which he drew his inspiration.

Christmas At Southwick

Visit this wonderful page dedicated to how RSW decorated for, then celebrated Christmas from the 1830's blacksmith shop in his Southwick studio. The page features our re-staging of the 4 foot evergreen in the front, along with the laurel roping trimming the doors and wreaths that hung throughout and Mark's recollections. We even include the recipe for the "Hot Rum Toddy" served to guest!

The Artwork Galleries

The galleries consist nearly 800 known works of art created by Woodward. We have some form of an image for approximately 75% of them! The galleries are organized in two ways, first, is the Theme Gallery, sorted into 25 categories. The second is alphabetically, making up 8 separate galleries plus a gallery of artwork RSW didn't name or we do not have a name for at this time. Plus, visit our Complete Works List and surf the website from there!

Our Recollections Scrapbook

The Recollections Scrapbook is a collection of personal accounts from people who either knew Woodward personally or related to us an experience they have had related to Woodward. A number of the stories told come from this website's originator, Mark Purinton (seen in picture to the left with Woodward), who started working for Woodward as a boy.

Painting Stories Scrapbook

This is our "story behind the paintings" collection. It includes some of Woodward's favorite subjects, such as, his neighbor Harrison Keach's Farm, the Halifax (VT) House and the North Window of his Southwick studio. There is also Charlemont Bridge artwork before the bridge was destroyed in the hurriciance of 1938 and Marlboro Church, part of a "church series" Woodward was commissioned for by industrialist Francis P. Garvin before his death.

Recent Website Updates

12-21-2016NEW ARTWORK

Unnamed #1: A New England Farm

A beautiful painting of a small New England farm surrounded by wooded hills of late summer, early fall. It features a man plowing a field with his horses.

12-21-2016NEW ARTWORK

Unnamed #2

This recently discovered painting was found for sale on eBay and sold for $4,350. It is a signed but unnamed version similar to Winter Mist.

12-19-2016NEW ARTWORK

Unnamed #8

A Beech Tree painting from the Heath pasture. It is unique in the sense that it from a vantage point not seen in any other Beech Tree painting.

12-18-2016NEW ARTWORK

Unnamed #10

A pasture painting of two hills meeting and divided by a stone wall and featuring a large tree in late autumn from early in RSW's career.

12-15-2016NEW IMAGE

Out of the Past

It is still a black and white but much clearer and better resolution of Out of the Past.

12-14-2016NEW ARTWORK

Unnamed #15

This beautiful, signed, painting of birches framing an opening into the woods behind it is believed to be Woodland Edge. However, we were unable to comfirm due to a protective backer board glued to the back of the frame.

12-14-2016NEW ARTWORK

Unnamed #22

A chalk drawing of the Heath pasture sans the beech tree. It features a distant "sea of hills."

12-12-2016NEW ARTWORK

Unnamed #23

A 36 x 42, signed but unnamed version of Woodward's "Winter From the Studio" series of paintings.

12-12-2016NEW SCRAP-

Tale of Two Winters

A story about the difficulty in making a record of Woodward's art catalog using two winter paintings that have multilpe versions, names and cross paths with each other several times over a five year period.

12-10-2016REVISED PAGE

Joseph Goss Cowell

New information discovered on RSW's very close childhood friend and respected artist in his own right, Joseph Cowell. Cowell is best known to us as the friend who helped RSW attend the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School in 1910.

12-07-2016NEW PICTURE

Evening Mists

New pictures of this painting made available by its current owner. This artwork is one of only two known "Redgate" styled paintings Woodward repainted in the mid-1940's.


Christ Church Limestone sketch

Recently located this sketch of the Christ Church Limestone in Hanna City, IL just west of Peoria and drawn by Woodward while a student attending Bradley Polytechnic Institute sometime between 1902 and 1907.

12-01-2016NEW INFO!

Leonard Eager Curtis Bookplate

Always considered "odd" by the website staff for the power lines drawn in this nature scene by Woodward for this bookplate. We have recently learned that Leonard Curtis was a pioneer in the earliest days of bringing electric power into your home. Read his story!

12-01-2016NEW INFO!

Ashleigh Bookplate

The Ashleigh Bookplate was made for one of the country's richest men, marketing genius, Norman Bruce Ream. Read more...

12-01-2016NEW PAGE

To Tell My Mother I Love Her

This illumination made by Woodward for his mother was made around 1906-07 when he was 21 years old. It was found in the RSW Smithsonian collection of personal photos and papers.

updates continued...