Despite the success of Hudson’s massive panoramas, which are now presumably lost or destroyed, he eventually returned to his tailoring business but not before completing The Great Curve of the Boston &Worcester Railroad at Newton Lower Falls for Mr. B. W. Hobart, Esq. (possibly Benjamin W. Hobart of Abington, Massachusetts) in 1852.
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The painting is reminiscent of the work of the Hudson River School artists he no doubt admired, evidenced by the dense forests, winding river and distant mountain range usurping a significant portion of the canvas. Yet it is also consistent with the theme of manifest destiny and the progress of civilization that permeated Hudson’s Mississippi, Ohio and Hudson River panoramas, as seen in the cultivated farmland, man-made bridges, and the locomotive crossing through the landscape.
From the artist
To collection of B. W. Hobart, Esq.
By descent through the family to private collection, Newton, Massachusetts, to 1963
With Vose Galleries, Boston, inventory no. 21183, October 1963
To collection of Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Vose, Jr., Boston, Massachusetts, March 1964
By descent though the family to present
(verso of canvas prior to lining, see photograph) [View] of the Great Curve, near Newton Lower Falls, on B & W. RR. / and painted from nature for, and presented to, B. W. Hobart Esq. May 1852 / [by his] friend / Sam.l Adams Hudson / Worcester
1). A black and white photograph of the inscription verso of canvas prior to lining is attached to the backing
2). Previous Vose Galleries label, inventory no. 21183
3). Typed note regarding the inscription is attached to the backing
4). (typed) The Great Curve of the Boston & Worcester / Railroad at Newton Lower Falls / Samuel Adams Hudson, 1852 / Courtesy of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Vose, / Vose Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts
The painting was on loan to Historic Newton, The Jackson Homestead, in Newton, Massachusetts, for an extended exhibition ending in the fall of 2013
The Great Curve of the Boston & Worcester Railroad at Newton Lower Falls
by Samuel Adams Hudson (1813-circa 1894)
25 1/4 x 30 1/4 inches
Signed verso: Sam.l Adams Hudson / Worcester
Likely a period frame, and possibly the original
Price upon request