Historic Newton Acquires Remarkable 1852 Landscape Painting of Newton

Artist Samuel Adams Hudson's Depiction of Lower Falls

Historic Newton recently acquired a rare 19th century landscape painting, View of the Great Curve Near Newton Lower Falls on the Boston & Worcester Railroad, for its collection at the Jackson Homestead and Museum. The painting is now on display above the mantel in the entry hall at the Jackson Homestead. A formal unveiling is planned for Wednesday, February 12.

The artist, Samuel Adams Hudson (1813-1877), was a Boston-based landscape painter best known for his multi-part panorama of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. His remarkable Great Curve painting shows a pastoral view of Newton from Newton Lower Falls, looking north across what is now the Leo J. Martin golf course towards the Charles River and the train tracks. Its themes are of great significance to Newton and its development – the Charles River, the railroad, and farmsteads with orchards and pastures. Historic Newton will use the painting to interpret local history for visitors, including school groups.

The acquisition brings a significant work of art to Historic Newton’s collection. “This is the first large-scale painting of the Newton landscape in our collection. It is a painting that engages the viewer and presents an interpretation of the local landscape to be interrogated,” said Susan Abele, retired curator of The Jackson Homestead and Museum.

“When studying the painting one is easily immersed in this early depiction of life along the Charles,” said Lee Fisher, a Trustee of the Jackson Homestead. “It was rewarding to see so many people contribute toward ensuring that this painting, previously in private hands, will be viewable by the public going forward.”

Historic Newton borrowed the painting in 2008-2009 for an exhibition at the Jackson Homestead that explored William Jackson’s role in routing the Boston & Worcester Railroad through Newton, and the impact of the railroad on industry and suburban development in Newton.

In December 2019, Historic Newton purchased the Hudson painting from Vose Galleries of Boston with the generous support of 37 donors, including Lee and Jean Fisher, The Kugener Family, Larry and Martha Bauer, and Jeffrey Hughes and Nancy Stauffer. See below for a complete list of donors.

Museum Hours:

The Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington Street, Newton, 617-796-1450, is open Wednesday-Friday, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

Complete List of Donors for Historic Newton’s Hudson painting purchase:

Mr. and Mrs. Lee and Jean Fisher

The Kugener Family

Larry and Martha Bauer

Jeffrey Hughes and Nancy Stauffer

Kathy and Lou Altieri

Anonymous (2)

Roz and Wally Bernheimer

Russ Feldman and Anne Kane

In honor of Lee and Jean Fisher

Paula and Mark Jacoff

Connie and Bill Kantar

Ellen Katz and Jay Werb

Frederick T. Miller and Kathryn E. Cade

Dorothy Mohr

Andrea and Russel Pergament

Nancy Prince and Chris Anschuetz

The Rowe Family Charitable Trust

Barbara and Peter Terris

Jay C. Walter

Duscha Scott Weisskopf