"Child Hassam was said to have told his good friend A.C. Goodwin that he was the best painter in Boston, and critics dubbed him ‘Sloppy Weather Goodwin’. A master of the lowery days in the city, Goodwin truly captures the feel of a November day in Boston in this wonderful example. Tremont Street looking towards the Hotel Pelham (demolished just six years after this painting was executed in 1910), was a favorite spot for the artist over the years, as was the view looking the opposite way towards Park Street Church. This mid-career piece which retains what is most likely the original Newcomb-Macklin frame is truly a gem." - Carey L. Vose, Gallery Director
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Arthur Clifton Goodwin earned the moniker ‘Sloppy Weather Goodwin’ for his tendency to work in all seasons, especially Boston’s bone-chilling winters, as seen in Looking Down Tremont Street, Boston, MA. The painting illustrates his talent for capturing the ordinary moments of city life, as a pair of strollers make their way along the wet path toward the head-houses of the Boylston Street transit station, which joins nearby Park Street as the two oldest subway stations in the country.
The overcast sky allows for very little play of sunlight and color, yet Goodwin’s impressionist style is evident in the lively strokes of pigment used to render the figures, the spindly trees, the carriages lined along the curb and even the puffs of smoke rising from the buildings. While this view of Boylston Street station remains largely unchanged over a century later, Goodwin’s depiction also offers a sense of nostalgia, as the stately mansard-roofed Hotel Pelham in the center was demolished in 1916 and is now the home to the Little Building, an Emerson College dormitory.
Private collection, Wellesley, Massachusetts
With Vose Galleries, Boston, inventory no. 31142, April 1994
Returned to private collection, Wellesley, Massachusetts, September 1994
With Vose Galleries, Boston, inventory no. 31927, December 1996
To private collection, Boston, Massachusetts, February 1998 to present
1). Previous Vose Galleries label, inventory no. 31927
2). The Casson Galleries / 573 Boylston St. / Boston / At Copley Square