"Painted circa 1922. A horizontal large 40 x 50 painted in 'Redgate' at the time I was making many moonlit woodland canvases following the N.A. D. Hallgarten Prize in 1919. Moonlight in deep winter, snow, woodland, composed in the studio from elements and studies of the Redgate night woods. Before he died, bought in the early 20's by Mr. G. W. V. Smith, the owner and director of the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum of Springfield, Mass. where it now hangs together with 2 25 x 30's of mine, namely...(blank)"
Right: In an unidentified Springfield paper (probably the Springfield Union), writing of his exhibit at the home of Mrs. Ronald Lyman on 38 Beacon St., Boston, in December 1926, "The larger canvas was exhibited by the Art League in 1922, and Under the Winter Moon is considered by many as one of Mr. Woodward's greatest works."
"... A large canvas, imaginative and highly beautiful..."
"On entering the gallery of the City library where hangs the third annual exhibition of the Springfield Art League, one's notice is attracted by a striking canvas on the further wall, Under the Winter Moon, by R. S. Woodward. Of qualities that may go to the making of a good painting it has mystery, it intrigues us. Its technique is interesting. Note the fluid application of paint (as contrasted for example with the dry brush work in Mr. Jones's high-keyed, misty Spring). The handling is direct; there is no fumbling after effect. One recalls a test suggested by Royal Cortissoz in his lecture the other night. You can take five square inches out of this canvas of Woodward's anywhere and find it beautiful, both in color and pattern. And yet the picture is far from diffuse; it has a splendid coherence and subordination to the central point of interest."
This painting was sold by the museum and its present owner is unknown.