"Painted prior to 1930, circa 1921-3. One of my early canvases painted in the early 20’s before ‘Redgate’ burned. Two giant pasture maples in bloom in early May or late April, before any green appeared. The small blue pyramid of Mt. Monadnock showing on the horizon below the lower branches. Painted in my early style of small, thick strokes but a very beautiful delicate canvas, loved by all who see it. Bought from ‘Redgate’ by Mr. and Mrs. Esleeck of Highland Avenue, Greenfield, Mass. This canvas in later years cracked somewhat because of too much mastic varnish in the medium. Around 1943 or 4 I got the canvas from Mr. Esleek’s widow and kept it in the studio for the winter to clean it and to do what was possible about the cracks. It cleaned beautifully but there was not much I could do about the cracks, except to paint over those sections and Mrs. Esleeck decided she preferred the canvas left as it was.