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Time Period:
Painted Winter 1927 - '28

Hiram Woodward Place

Oil on Canvas


Window Picture

25 X 30

Founders Show, 1927
Grand Central Art Galleries




This painting was printed backwards in the newspaper it appeared.

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Featured Artwork: My Christmas Shelf

My Christmas Shelf
Photograph taken from the Springfield Union newspaper article, March 11, 1928
The image of the painting was printed backwards. We have edited and corrected it.

RSW's Diary Comments

"Painted around 1925-27. Painting of shelf area with Chinese lantern over it, of old studio. Placed in the Founders Show of Grand Central Art Galleries about 1927 from which pictures are chosen by lot. I think this canvas went to one of the Crane families of Dalton, Mass., but am not absolutely certain."

Additional Notes

Springfield Union, March 11, 1928,
as it was originally printed.

The Springfield Union, Sept. 24, 1927, by Jeannette C. Matthews

"Among the finest pieces of work in this exhibit is My Christmas Shelf by Robert Strong Woodward of Shelburne Falls. Those who saw the league's last members' show will remember that this canvas was hung there. The picture is just what the name implies, a corner of the book shelves in the artist's own studio, with a gay silk lantern, a spray of holly, a plate of fruit and such things as one might have in a charming corner. Aside from the warmth of the coloring, the fascinating arrangement of pattern, it is the sureness of execution that proclaims this at once the work of the accomplished artist."