Woodward was best known for his stunning marine works, and gathered an active following of collectors durring his lifetime. October Moonlight demonstrates his skilled brushwork and recieved a gold medal when it was exhibited in 1930 at the Boston Tercentenary Exhibition. In a catalogue for an exhibition of his work in 1923 at Macbeth galleries it was noted that, "Here is emotion and intelligence working well together in a balanced temperament. Always in these marines there is movement, elemental forces at play or quiescent . . . It is not too flattering to discover something more than a worthy echo of what Innes and Homer stood for in these landscapes and marines. For Stanley W. Woodward has much of his own to say and knows how it say it with forceful charm."
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By descent through the family for three generations, eventually to private collection, Concord, Massachusetts
1). THE CASSON GALLERIES / of Irving & Casson. A. H. Davenport Co. / 575 Boylston Street / BOSTON / At Copley Square / Subject “October Moonlight” / Artist: St– (torn)
1). Boston Tercentenary Fine Arts and Crafts Exhibition, July 1930 (received a gold medal prize)
2). Opening Exhibition, Season 1930-1931, Macbeth Gallery, New York City, October 1930, as #15 October Moonlight