Walter Elmer Schofield, Hill Country
Funding for the conservation of this work was given in loving memory of James E. Edwards, through the generous contribution of his wife and sons in 2000.
Hill Country is an example of a large-format painting made in the studio from preliminary studies done in plein air, although the original sketches are not known. The work was exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of Arts in 1914. It can be precisely dated from a reference in a letter to Schofield’s wife: “I am just about starting on a 50 x 60 for the Nat. Academy Ex which opens in Dec. And I want especially to be strongly represented. It always means a lot and in other days I was not always seen at my best.”
As the canvas was never sold, it accumulated one of the longest and most distinguished exhibition histories of any of Schofield’s major works. He received the Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts’ Temple Gold Medal for the painting.