Reuben Kirkham, famous pioneer artist painted this original oil “The Woodcutters Dinner” as he shares his frugal dinner with his most trusted friend, his faithful dog. He is deep in the dark woods, yet the light surrounding the woodcutter and his activities, shows not only what has been accomplished for his days work, but the care he takes for his loyal companion. This style of telling a story within the painting is not typical of Kirkham’s work, making this a “one of a kind” of painting for him.

Reuben Kirkham was born in Spalding, England in 1845. This pioneer artist painted panoramas, landscapes, and scenes for the Salt Lake Theater.From 1883 to 1885, Reuben spent the last years of his life traveling around Utah with a 19-scene panorama based on the Book of Mormon.