The Haystack Prayer Meeting

Provincetown, MA
Oil on composition board
24 x 24 in. (61 x 61 cm)
Inscribed, signed, dated on reverse: "The Haystack Prayer Meeting / Williamstown, Mass. / E
W Dickinson 1925"
Gilbert Scharf
Photo: Tibor de Nagy Gallery


Painted in Provincetown, M, April 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, (journal). To EHS, April 15, " . . . have under way . . . one of the Haystack Prayer meeting which took place in Williamstown Massachusetts many years ago." ED note: "In about 1875 in Williamstown a group of college students, taking a walk, were overtaken by a violent thunderstorm and rain and took shelter in the lee of a haystack. These Christian young people at Williamstown decided to hold a prayer meeting which they accordingly did while the thunder was clapping around, and from this meeting grew the Presbyterian Board of Farm Missions. (when my father was in Amherst)."


Private collection
Gilbert Scharf

Exhibition History

1966 Katonah Gallery: Paintings and Drawings by Edwin Dickinson
1966 Pennsylvania Academy: Paintings by Edwin Dickinson
1970 Pratt Institute: Paintings and Drawings by Edwin Dickinson
1976 PAAM: Edwin Dickinson Retrospective
1992 Greenville: Edwin Dickinson, Wallace Putnam and Richard Maury
2007 PAAM: Edwin Dickinson In Provincetown 1912-1937