Quick Reference

Time Period:
Painted in 1939.

Location:
Heath Pasture, Heath, MA

Medium:
Oil on Canvas

Type:
Landscape

Category:
Beech Tree, Pastures

Size:
25 X 30 (Recorded)
27 X 30 (Most likely)

Exhibited:
Made specific for purchaser

Purchased:
Jack Benny

Provenance:
NA

Noteworthy:

Owned by Jack Benny and his wife Mary Livingston.

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RSW's Diary Comments

“Painted in 1939. Again my Heath Pasture beech tree, made in blues and yellows to color scheme given me of the living room of Jack Benny and his wife Mary Livingston, movie and radio stars, and bought by them for their new house (decorated by Harold Grieve) at 1002 N. Roxbury Drive, Beverly Hills, California.”



Additional Notes

The home of Jack Benny
A photograph of Jack Benny's living room at
1002 N. Roxbury Drive in Beverly Hills, CA.

This painting came up for auction at Skinners Inc. on November 16, 1998. Low estimate $600.00, high estimate $800.00. Sold for $770.00. The labeled negative of this photograph shows identical clouds in the sky. There is a discrepancy in the size data. The one at auction is listed as 27 x 30 and the one owned by Jack Benny is listed as 25 x 30.


Considering the recovery of the original hi-res image of the picture of Jack Benny's wall. It seems more likely that Benny's painting was 27 x 30 (more square) than the reported 25 x 30 (more rectangular).

It seems pretty clear from the picture of Benny's home and the sepia print above, the piece of work is clearly more square then retangular. BCM


We often use cloud patterns to identify painting titles. Very few Woodward skies are identical.