Windham Church, Connecticut

Emil Carlsen, Windham Church, Connecticut,  c. 1911
Oil on canvas 18 x 14 3/4"
Smith College Museum of Art
Northampton, Massachusetts
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Fraad, Jr.
(Rita Rich, class of 1937) SC1977:24

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church was a fundamental part of Weir’s life in Windham. He attended services regularly and served first as junior then senior warden there from 1901 until his death in 1919. The old stone church was erected in 1832 and still stands. Today the church displays two Weir paintings gifted by family members. In 1934 the artist's three daughters donated Weir's oil sketch, Rest on the Flight to Egypt, in memory of their parents, Ella Baker Weir and J. Alden Weir. The sketch was used by Weir to design a stained glass window for the Church of the Ascension, New York, in memory of his first wife, Anna. Weir's painting, The Good Samaritan, was given to St. Paul's in 1951 by Caroline Weir Ely and Cora Weir Burlingham, in memory of their sister, Dorothy Weir Young.