"A painting of woodland interior (almost no sky) showing tangled groups of small slender white birches in the center and a pair of larger foreground birches to the left of the canvas. Painted in late summer of 1945 in the Dungarvin district at the edge of Shelburne Falls."
Robert Strong Woodward had a long, close relationship with Emmett Naylor, a New York lawyer who spent his summers in Cummington Massachusetts. In 1938, Robert Strong Woodward painted Heart of New England, specifically designed to it fit over Emmett's fireplace. It hung there only a few weeks before his death in July. Emmett's family returned the painting to RSW, who then sent it to a New York gallery to be resold. Almost twenty years later, and shortly before his death in 1957, RSW, invited Emmett's son, Winford Sr., to come to the studio to pick out a painting of his choice. Winford, Sr. brought his 8 year old daughter, and asked her to pick out the painting. She chose Birch Woodland. She inherited the painting from her father and now lives in Scotland, U.K.
That story is confirmed by an e-mail from the daughter received in 2013. She tells the following story.
For years, we believed the title of this painting was Woodland Birch, and only recently found the correct name was Birch Woodland when the owner examined the title handwritten on the back of the canvas stretcher frame. She confirmed that the name, handwritten by RSW on the back of the canvas stretcher frame is indeed Birch Woodland.