X-Cliff, Great Night Rain

Sheldrake, NY
Oil on composition board
22 3/4 x 18 1/2 in. (57.8 x 47 cm)
Signed, inscribed, dated lower left:
"E W Dickinson / Sheldrake / 1926"
Inscribed bottom right: "Hamilton Shale"
Scharf Family Collection
Photo: Geoffrey Clements


Painted in Sheldrake, NY, between July 12 & 16, (journal). One of the "X Cliff" series. See notes for A CLIFF, SHELDRAKE, 1926. Painting so titled because a note on the reverse saying "began to rain" was mis-read for an exhibition as "Big Night Rain." ED liked this so well he added it to the "X Cliff" title. Cut down by ED, January 13, 1970, (journal).


Helen Dickinson Baldwin
Private collection
Scharf Family Collection

Exhibition History

1948 PAA: as "Cliff, Sheldrake"
1961 James Graham & Sons: Edwin Dickinson, Retrospective, as "Big Night Rain"
1966 Pennsylvania Academy: Paintings by Edwin Dickinson
1970 Bristol Art Museum: An Exhibition of Paintings by Edwin Dickinson
1970 Cape Cod Conservatory: Paintings and Drawings by Edwin Dickinson
1970 Wellfleet Art Gallery: Special Exhibition: Edwin Dickinson, Painting-Drawing, 1911-1950
1972 Cape Cod Artists: A Group of Cape Cod Artists
1990b Babcock Galleries: Edwin Dickinson, A Vision of Coast and Sea
1992 Greenville: Edwin Dickinson, Wallace Putnam and Richard Maury