"Mid-Afternoon, God's Acre", by Walter Dubois Richards, (Amer., 1907-2006)
Lithograph, no date, Ed. 200, 10" x 14", signed, titled and numbered in pencil, on thick cool white wove paper, discreet traces of tape residue to top margin edge at center and corners, tiny surface loss top corners verso, very light mat line and tack holes to edges all around from the artist's drying process after printing. A rich, well inked impression of this exquisitely detailed and tonal view of the historic congregational church in New Caanan, CT, the meeting house for which dates to 1843, the chapel, parlor and church school dating to 1953. Richards returned to several times to this church as a subject for his lithographs, carefully rendering the changing light and shadows at different times of the day. Here one can feel the nip in the air, glare of the low winter sun reflecting off the snow; well trodden after many sled runs by the local children. I fondly remember many similar sledding runs in my own Connecticut boyhood.