This painting came to us by way of its current owner (Jan. 2017). The name on the back stretcher was simply Tranquil hour. It is near identical in composition and content to Evening Mists with the only visible difference being hue and color.
This quintessential Redgate painting is one of four paintings with the same pond and winter scene. However, the paintings vary between portrait and landscape perspectives. They were all painted at a time when this practice was common for Woodward, with exception to Evening Mists which was repainted in 1945 from an earlier version and promptly destroying it . He often made multiple versions of paintings that were either successful in selling quickly or held a particular sentimental value to him. After the 1930s, it was rare for Woodward to make multiple versions of a painting unless by request or commission.
The website staff would like to thank the owner for contacting us and sending this beautiful picture.