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Catalog Number 1924.004.1
Type of Object Painting
Collection American Paintings and Prints Collection
Principal Artist Woodward, Mabel May
Title Homestead
Description Homestead
Mabel M. Woodward (1877-1945)

One of Rhode Island's most renowned painters of American impressionism, Woodward depicted local beaches, landscapes and harbors in Providence, Rhode Island. Today her works are in the Rhode Island School of Design museum and at the Providence Art Club collection, where she served as their first woman president. Woodward served as Department of Fine Arts chairman of GFWC of Rhode Island.

In 1923, the painting was exhibited at the "Home Sweet Home" demonstration house located on the Ellipse, just south of the U.S. Treasury. (General Federation News, October 1923). GFWC provided the funds to construct the model home as part of the Better Homes in America Movement that began in 1922. U. S. President Warren G. Harding dedicated the house in June 1923. After six months the house was offered to the Girl Scouts National Council and moved to New York Avenue, NW.

Plaque on back of painting reads: Presented by RISFWC in memory of Sarah Doyle of Providence, RI, a pioneer in the GFWC. Fruit Hill, RI. Painted by Mable M. Woodward, chairman, Department of Fine Arts RISFWC.
Notes GFWC Rhode Island contributed the funds for a detailed condition report of the work completed in March 2009.
People Woodward, Mabel M.
Source (RI) State Federation
Year Range from 1915
Year Range to 1924
Search Terms Rhode Island
(RI) State Federation
Home Sweet Home House