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.
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
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
Andrea and Russel Pergament
Nancy Prince and Chris Anschuetz
The Rowe Family Charitable Trust
Barbara and Peter Terris
Jay C. Walter
Duscha Scott Weisskopf