“Painted in 1939. Painted in studio from an earlier canvas (1932) of the same subject which was never satisfactory and which I destroyed. The old Abercrombie House of Old Deerfield.”
"One of the old stark gray houses in Old Deerfield, sunlit front, red chimneys, blue and white sky, rose, ochre, tan foreground with no or little green. Beautifully painted green, gray, sunlit embankment stone wall."
An article clipping from the New Hamphire Transcript regarding RSW's exhibition at the Deerfield Academy (1932). It is one of 12 oil paintings mentioned in the article and one of 20 oil paintings and 10 chalk drawings exhibited.
This painting is of #116 Main Street in Old Deerfield. This house was recently owned by another painter, Maniatty.
The first image of this old house made by RSW was a waxed crayon drawing which he titled The Old Gray House, Deerfield. Many years later RSW, in the Southwick Studio, retrieved this from the store room and made the above oil painting from it. The finishing touches, however were done in plain air sitting in the rear of the Packard Phaeton on site in Old Deerfield.
Below is an image of a polaroid taken of the artwork in its frame. The quality is poor but still give a good impression of the time of year and coloring RSW used.