Church Interior

Alternate Title(s):
Truro Church Interior
Truro, MA
Oil on canvas
30 x 25 in. (76.2 x 63.5 cm)
Signed, inscribed, dated bottom left: "E W Dickinson / Truro 1928"
Photo: Christie's


Painted in Truro, MA, June 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 29 (journal), former Congregational church on Corn Hill. Cut down by ED from 36x30." ED worked at this abandoned and crumbling church with painter Raymond Eastwood, [1898-?] also painting its tower, now lost. Letters to his fiancČe, Frances (Pat) Foley, convey his emotional involvement with this romantic ruin: sounds of plaster falling, most window panes gone, kingfishers and woodpeckers flying about "and my easel was set in pew #52 !" "For all its appearance it might not have been entered in half a century. But the traveler would now not quite think that for in the choir seats is a wet oil on canvas with my name on the back." "I played the melodian in the dark prayer meeting room under a gold sign `No Cross, No Crown.'" [Title of book by William Penn].


Mr. & Mrs. Daniel W. Dietrich II
Provincetown Art Association and Museum

Exhibition History

1938 Passedoit Gallery: Paintings by Edwin W. Dickinson
1939 Rochester Memorial Art Gallery: Paintings by Edwin Dickinson
1961 James Graham & Sons: Edwin Dickinson, Retrospective
1967b PAA: Selections from the Work of Edwin Dickinson, as "Truro Church Interior"