"W. Lewis Fraser, the head of the Century Company's art department, commissioned
this poster after seeing Woodbury's (first) poster for the Exhibition of the Society
of Painters in Water-Colour of Holland (see PL.112)"
"The rich effects of his poster designs were conveyed by the
disposition of sharp lines and flat areas of limited colour. Like
Dow (see PL.36), another native Massachusetts
artist, Woodbury founded his sense of design on familiarity with
Japanese art, championed by Fenollosa at the Museum of Fine Arts,
Boston. Woodbury's six posters received favourable comment from
American and European critics" (Lauder
Charles H. Woodbury was born in Lynn, Massachusetts, where
his earliest work was part of the oeuvre of the group later known
as the Lynn Beach Painters. While an undergraduate at MIT he became
a regular exhibitor at, and at 19 the youngest member of, the Boston
After graduation from the (with degree in [Mechanical Engineering]),
in 1886 Woodbury had great success painting up the New England coast
and in the towns and beaches of Nova Scotia and exhibiting the results.
From January to June 1891 he was a pupil of the Académie Julian
in [Paris], after whaich he went to Holland, where he studied the
techniques of the modern Dutch painters.
Upon his return to New England he settled in Boston for his winter
studio and spent his summers in the small fishing village of Ogunquit,
Maine; there he founded one of the most successful of the summer
art colony schools that even survived his death.
He was one of the most sought-after teachers of his generation,
having begun teaching on a regular basis while a freshman at M.I.T.
Ironically, he had little formal training himself other than a few
months of classes at the Academy Julian in Paris.
Like Winslow Homer, another New England painter with an affinity
for summers in Maine, he preferred "to work out his salvation with
little help from others in his profession". Nevertheless, Woodbury
maintained a close friendship with John Singer Sargent and a pleasant
acquaintance with many of his contemporaries including J. Alden
Weir and Childe Hassam. He was president of the Boston Water Color
Club, and became associate of the [National Academy of Design],
New York in 1906 and a full member in 1907.
(Encyclopædia Britannica, Eleventh Edition)