Autumn in Cornwall

Walter Elmer Schofield (American, 1866–1944)1925

Payne Gallery, Moravian University

Payne Gallery, Moravian University
Bethlehem, United States

Schofield's love of working outdoors explains his freshness of observation, with vibrant colors applied in rich, bold brushwork. In a letter during the 1920s, he states: "As you know I have been working outside for a while and am going out again Thursday. Have one which I think [is] one of the best I have done. It just proves that my salvation is outdoors."

By the mid-1920s, Schofield was an accomplished and acknowledged artist. He had received significant honors for his painting; he had maintained an active exhibition program both in America and abroad; and he had a retrospective exhibition in 1920. However, the artist's work fell out of public awareness until a renewed concern for American Impressionism arose in the 1970s. Today, he is acknowledged as one of the leaders of the New Hope Impressionist school.


  • Title: Autumn in Cornwall
  • Creator: Walter Elmer Schofield (American, 1866–1944)
  • Date Created: 1925
  • Physical Dimensions: 40 x 48"
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Copyright 2022 Payne Gallery of Moravian University
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Credit: Moravian College Permanent Collection Priscilla Payne Hurd Fund, 1997

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