Eva Wilder (McGlasson) Brodhead’s Indian Summer

Indian Summer by Józef Chełmoński, oil on canvas, 1875 [Public domain via Wikimedia Commons]

Indian Summer by Józef Chełmoński (1849-1914), oil on canvas, 1875 [Public domain via Wikimedia Commons]

Summer is slowly winding down—school buses are back on the roads, and vacations are over for many. Autumn is coming. Some of us get to feel the effects of that spectacular season’s onset sooner than others. As a transplant to south Florida, I miss the brilliance of autumn landscapes up north, collecting the best and brightest leaves, driving rural country roads, and enjoying those first crisp bits of winter’s early air.

If you’re one of the lucky ones who gets to basque in nature’s golden autumn glow, you may enjoy this poem by 19th-century, Kentucky-born writer Eva Wilder (McGlasson) Brodhead, written in her specialty—dialect verse—and published in 1895. She was in her early twenties at the time and already had an enormous following of admirers all across the country. I realize Eva’s verse may be a strange match for some of these Indian-summer-themed paintings, but they’re all gorgeous scenes… Why not put them together and celebrate the beauty of the season?


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From: Pipe and Pouch: The Smoker’s Own Book of Poetry by Joseph Knight, published in 1895 by John Wilson & Sons, of Cambridge, MA

Indian Summer on the Delaware River by Jasper Francis Cropsey (1823-1900)

Indian Summer in the Bronx by Sanford Robinson Gifford (1823-1880)

Indian Summer Hudson River by Albert Bierstadt (1830-1902)

Indian Summer by Vasily Polenov (1844-1927)

Categories: Brodhead, McGlasson | 4 Comments

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4 thoughts on “Eva Wilder (McGlasson) Brodhead’s Indian Summer

  1. Great paintings. Like the way they open up when I clicked on them.


  2. Yep, being here in FL makes one miss the seasons (except the dead of winter!). Beautiful artwork and fun poems. 🙂


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