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Frederick W. Oliver (1876-1963)

Frederick Oliver studied with Joesph DeCamp, Philip Hale, and Ernest Major, all well-known artists in the Boston area. As early as 1907, he was exhibiting at the Boston Art Club and listing his address as the Fenway Studios. There he and his brother George established a painting restoration business known as Oliver Brothers. Although both brothers have been dead for many years, the business is still carried on under their name.

In 1928, Fred and his wife bought a home at 29 Mountfort Road in Newton Highlands where they lived for more than twenty years. Oliver made the oil sketch included in this exhibition, Backyard Ice Hockey, from a second-floor window of his home in 1945. It shows the three boys who lived next door playing ice hockey on their driveway that they had flooded to make a rink. Fifteen-year-old Bruce Abele is protecting the goal, his younger brother Brad is skating in from the left, and John, the youngest, is standing on the sidelines.