Quick Reference

Time Period:
Painted about 1931.

Location:
"road up out of Swift River"

Medium:
Oil on Canvas

Type:
Landscape

Category:
Roads & Streets

Size:
40 X 50

Exhibited:
Exhibited largely.

Purchased:
Unknown

Provenance:
Unknown

Noteworthy:

Shown at Jordan Marsh Exhibition, Boston in 1932, where it ran close to winning the popular vote.

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Featured Artwork: New England Origins

New England Origins
Photograph taken from Boston Globe article, April 10, 1932

RSW's Diary Comments

“Painted about 1931. A large 40 x 50 made at the top of the semi-abandoned road up out of Swift River past the Howe’s farm (see Contentment) Shown at Jordan Marsh Exhibition, Boston in 1932, where it ran close to winning the popular vote and from where Mr. N. Bill tried to buy it for the Springfield (Mass) Museum for $600 for which amount I refused to sell it. Exhibited largely."


Additional Notes

Boston Post, April 29, 1932, by Alice Lawton

"More than 10,000 votes were cast by interested visitors to the two weeks' exhibition and much curiosity has been aroused as to the winning canvas........only 113 votes were divided among the first six paintings. The other three were New England Origins by Robert Strong Woodward and (two others)..............

Greenfield Recorder, April 29, 1932

"The painting New England Origins by Robert Strong Woodward of Buckland was the fourth favorite with 10,000 persons who viewed 148 exhibits in a show of paintings by contemporary artists in New England held in Boston. The voting was very close for only 113 votes separated the first six paintings in the final list. The only artists who obtained higher votes than Mr. Woodward were Elmer W. Greene, Arthur Spear, and Benard Keyes."

North Adams Transcript, April 30, 1932

"Mr. Woodward's New England Origins was the fourth favorite with several thousands of persons who viewed it recently at an exhibition of contemporary paintings in Boston."