Born in New Hampshire, Leon Foster Jones became a successful landscape painter and illustrator, drawing his subject matter from both the New England countryside and coastal Long Island, where he later made his home. This winter scene is one of two paintings Jones exhibited at the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition, for which he received a silver medal.
Held in San Francisco, the Exposition celebrated the opening of the Panama Canal and the four-hundredth anniversary of the discovery of the Pacific Ocean. The fair’s Palace of Fine Arts contained hundreds of works by America’s leading artists, including John Singer Sargent, George Inness, and Frank Duveneck. James Earle Fraser’s The End of the Trail was the most celebrated sculpture of the Exposition. A reduced bronze replica of this iconic masterpiece can also be found in the Museum collection.