“Painted in 1944. Second painting I’ve made (from different spots) of steep, maple lined hill running down in West Leyden from Roberts farm to Green River. Shown at Y.C.A. G. exhibition, N.Y. Apr. 24 – May 8, 1945, and sold early to Mr. Howard Petrie, noted radio man of the Pacific Coast.”
Upper left:The painting hanging on the wall in the photograph (left) is really not the painting Down to the Valley. It is an earlier painting (a 25 x 30) made from nearly the same spot in the road. Its actual name is not yet known.
Upper right: A recent photo of the site of Down to the Valley: A bulldozer has pushed away all of the old stone walls on the right side, the road widened and paved with asphalt. Only a few of the old maples remain on the left side of the road. Most areas have grown up to brush. Telephone poles and wire added to bring the area into the new century.
To the left: The owner of Down to the Valley (shown above) contacted us and sent the color picture shown. It was a gift from a relative. The painting is currently located in California. We are awaiting a high resolution image.