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Time Period:
Painted around 1928-9.

Norton Farm
Riverton, VT

Oil on Canvas


Barns, Farms

27 X 30


Mr. and Mrs. Ernest F. Goodner



RSW painted several pieces from this farm, such as, Up in Vt,, In Vermont

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Featured Artwork: Vermont Barns, Oil

RSW's Diary Comments

 Vermont Barns, Oil, Sepia
Vermont Barns, Sepia

"Painted around 1928-9. A painting of Vt. barns (one with half the roof bright tin red) by the roadside, farm tools strewn all out in front, backed by piled up Vt. mountains, topped by the blue peak of Camel's Hump. The Norton Farm (of which I made several different composed paintings: Up in Vt,, In Vermont etc.) at Riverton, Vt., near Montpelier, when visiting Mrs. Dresser at her summer home, then sold, July 1952, to Mr. and Mrs. Ernest F. Goodner of Salt Lake City Utah, 2029 Wilmington Avenue."

Additional Notes

Hampshire Gazzette, May 28, 1936
Hampshire Gazzette, May 28, 1936

Noteworthy to the Editor of the Artwork pages: As far as the website staff is aware, this piece is the ONLY farm or barn painting that contains modern industrialized farm equipment. If you will note in the image, to the right is a close up of what we believe is a steel wheeled machine, possibly a tiller or thatcher. Unfortunately, it is hidden under a tarp. However, the tarp makes it even MORE compelling because only steel/metal would need be tarped!


Below is an old photo of Camel's Hump Mountain, Underhill, VT, of which its peak appears in the distance of this painting.

Camel's Hump Mountain
Camel's Hump Mountain
Hampshire Gazzette, May 28, 1936
Hampshire Gazzette, May 28, 1936

By Louise Hadley Fiske from Uncited newspaper, (Possibly the Rutland Herald) in the summer of 1945

"In sharp contrast to Kopf's heavy paintings Robert Strong Woodward's Vermont Barns seems crystal clear, sparkling and vibrant in color and technique. The effect of weather-beaten buildings is nearly photographically clear and to those who are not familiar with his works, Woodward could be compared to Vermont's artist laureate, Luigi Lucioni, except for the fact Woodward's paintings show more sensitive imagination and he is not so intrigued by detail."

To the right: is a clipping from the Hampshire Gazzette, May 28, 1936, featuring a pictureVermont Barns exhibited at the Williston Academy's annual art exhibition. For full article simply click on the image.