Sledding in Ipswich, Massachusetts captures a trio of children enjoying a winter pastime under a canopy of trees alongside snow-laden homes, the scene crowned by the distinctive red steeple of the First Parish Church. The painting was inscribed on the back ‘To my friend Paxton,’ most likely referring to William Paxton, the Boston painter and fellow instructor at Cowles, and reveals Wendel’s talent for rendering light and atmosphere even during the coldest of seasons.
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Private collection, New York, New York, and later Atlanta, Georgia
(verso of canvas) To my friend Paxton / Th— W—
Canvas supplier’s stamp verso, partially obscured by stretcher: 4 PARK ST. / BOSTON, MASS.