As a member of the Salmagundi Club in New York, he also participated in several of its annual Thumb-box exhibitions, which began in 1908 and focused on works created en plein air measuring no larger than 16 x 20 inches. Carlson was awarded the Vezin Prize for the best sketch in 1912.
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Diminutive in size and rendered with the artist’s insightful use of subdued color, New Hampshire Village would have met the requirements for the Thumb-box exhibitions, though it is unknown if he ever exhibited it there. The painting effectively captures the cooler tones of midwinter in New England, with the lighter blue-gray snow and sky balanced by dark green pine trees, a distant forest, and hazy mountains.
Estate of the artist
With Vose Galleries, Boston, inventory no. C-252, circa 1978, when the gallery began representing Carlson’s estate
To private collection, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, December 1987 to present
(verso of board in marker) New Hampshire Village
1). Partial previous Vose Galleries label, inventory no. C-252
2). Stamp verso: Vose Galleries of Boston / Picture Authentication / Registry: C-252 / Estate No: 388 / By John F. Carlson, N.A. / 1874-1945