Richard Schmid (b. 1934)
New Preston Falls II (1989)
oil on canvas
30 x 40 inches
signed and dated lower right
Signed, titled, dated, and “#2302”
New Preston Falls, a twenty-foot high waterfall on the East Aspetuck River which flows from Waramaug, welcomed industry in the early 19th century to what was once known as New Purchase. Edward Cogswell, an early settler to the shores of Waramaug, renamed it New Preston in honor of his former home on the Connecticut shoreline. According to Connecticut Waterfalls: A Guide, by Russell Dunn and Christy Butler, the town became “a viable industrial center, using the power of the East Aspetuck River to run a total of 21 mills, including a tannery, forge, twine and cotton factory, cider/brandy distillery and carpentry shop” in the village.
Today, New Preston Falls provide a scenic backdrop visible from many of its businesses, most of which are housed in original structures. Whereas the buildings have evolved with the thoughtful care and expense of present business owners to cater to a new audience, they have retained their original features, preserving a charm so appreciated by residents and tourists alike. – Christine Adams Beckett, Lake Waramaug
The K. T. Wiedemann Foundation, Wichita, KS
Richard Schmid: Beyond Reality, Selections from the K.T. Wiedemann Foundation Collection, Mark Arts, Mary R. Koch Arts Center, Wichita, KS, July 12 - Aug 10, 2019
Richard Schmid, Richard Schmid: The Landscapes (South Burlington, VT: Stove Prairie Press, 2009), p 102, illustrated
Surface condition is excellent. No signs of inpainting.