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It was later willed to the Pasadena Art Museum.

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Editor's Note:

It is NOT inconceivable to suspect that this painting might be very similar to the preceding painting The Gray Barn. It was not uncommon for Woodward to send Mrs. Everett a painting he knew she would appreciate. Later, he did something very similar with his friend and interior designer Harold Grieve. We believe it was a way to utilize both coast. The two similar paintings were unlikely to cross each other's paths.

Additional Notes

Woodward with California friend Harold Grieve
Woodward with California
friend Harold Grieve

This painting was sold to Mrs. Henry Everett for her famous collection. It was later willed to the Pasadena Art Museum which sold it at a Sotherby's auction in Los Angeles on March 17, 1980, sale # 272, lot 324 to an unknown buyer.

Mrs. Everett was one of three women to strongly support and advocate for Woodward. She is one of two who met and knew him as a young adult, prior to him becoming a professional artist. Woodward's father Orion, a real estate developer, made his mark first by working for an Ohio developers, the Briggs Company, that later moved to Los Angeles, CA to work on numerous projects.

Mrs. Josephine Pettingill Everett
The only photograph of Mrs. Everett
we could find after and exhaustive search.
Published in the Pasedena Evening Post
June 22, 1928. She is 62 year old in the clip.

The Everetts, key in the development business through interbureau transportation and power (trollys) first in Cleveland, OH and later took residence in Pasadena, CA. She is responsible for putting Woodward in the Los Angeles Art Museum twice, and divided her paintings between the Pasadena Museum of Art and the San Diego Museum of Art. The two were close enough for Woodward to visit with her at her hotel when visiting New York City for the annual Watercolor Society Association's annual Spring show. Woodward was a member of the society.

While relatively speaking, Mrs. Everett is mostly unknown, however, she was a great patron of the arts and is credited with writing the check, that paid for the land that the famed Hollywood Bowl sits to this day.

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