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Time Period:
"Painted about 1930" - RSW

Location:
Leyden Village, Mass.
Down the hill from town hall

Medium:
Oil on Canvas

Type:
Landscape

Category:
Houses, People & Livestock

Size:
25 x 30

Exhibited:
Unknown

Purchased:
Unknown

Provenance:
NA

Noteworthy:

"I have always considered this one of my finest expressions, perfectly painted, really ‘big’ picture, but it has never been very popular with the public." RSW

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RSW's Diary Comments

"Painted about 1930. The front facade and ell of a rare old house in Leyden village. House the main subject, weather beaten old white paint, with faded battered old green blinds, very fascinating to me. I have always considered this one of my finest expressions, perfectly painted, really ‘big’ picture, but it has never been very popular with the public. Farmer’s wife in black with black cat in front yard."


Excerpt from RSW Diary
Excerpt from an RSW painting diary:

Comments on the back of a sepia print:

"One of my most loved canvases. House faded white, much weathered, soaking in the sun, faded green blinds. Delicate and lovely in color. Outstanding canvas."



Additional Notes

Picture of house today.
The Genial Old House as it looks today

Painted in Leyden Village, Mass. down the hill from the town hall. House still standing, refaced but essentially the same. See picture to the right.



This painting is privately owned.


This painting has a sister chalk drawing which was exhibited at the 1929 Pynchon Gallery Exhibition along with a number of chalk drawings. See the comments highlighted below.




Springfield Republican, 1929, by Jeanette C. Matthews

Picture of house today.