May 7, 2018 Surprise Painting Discovered at the Fowler Clark Epstein Farm
Just when we think we’ve uncovered all of the treasures to be found at the Fowler Clark Epstein Farm, another surprise turns up. Mattapan neighbors will remember the “Clark Farm” sign that has been hanging over the front door of the farmhouse for many years. Unfortunately, the sign was painted on plywood that was not well protected and was therefore in poor condition, so it needed to be taken down and moved inside.
Upon removal, the carpenters discovered a painting on the back of the sign of a horse and other farm images. We don’t know when it was painted but we suspect the artist was Kay Gerson, who also painted the interior murals that were recently restored. We’re also not sure why the painting was flipped over, but perhaps the Epstein family thought the detailed images would be too hard to read from the street. We’re happy to have discovered the painting, and will now clean and mount it in the first floor of the farmhouse over one of the fireplaces, where it can be protected and appreciated.