“Painted about 1930. The first painting I made of the old Halifax (Vt.) house, soon after I discovered it in the late summer of 1930, a house I painted many times after, from many angles. Exhibited quite largely, at the Boston Art Club Exhibition of Contemporary Art in 1932, being given second prize, with bronze medal. Purchased 1936 or 7 by Mr. Howard R. and Mrs. Helen Patch of 4 Barrett place, Northampton, Mass. for $400, May, 1936."
"good reproduction of N. E. Heritage, BAC prize picture in the Post... was awarded second prize at the Boston Art Club Exhibit Contemporary American Oils. This artist has long been reckoned among American painters of original merit."
“…..Beside it hangs New England Heritage by Robert Strong Woodward, a sympathetic presentation of an old abandoned house, the sunshine mellowing its weather beaten red into cheerfulness, a nearby tree lowering graceful protective branches in pleasing pattern to screen its ruined roof; realism and poetry combined in genuine artistry. This, by a Massachusetts painter, has been awarded second prize.”
" ... What warm and delectable color in the weathered red barns, as in New England Heritage (another prize winner)...."
Woodward did not like any reference to his handicap. Left Column is a clipping from an editorial published in the Boston Herald sometime before Feb. 10th, 1932. After reading the editorial, RSW made a note to a friend, "This was a lot of mush and sob stuff which I hate. Mother and Father, however, were very much excited."
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We wish to thank the current owners for extending us the courtesy and access to this painting for the above image. May 2013