Grigware was awarded the Circle Club Prize in 1927 for this painting, Sunlit Elms, according to a tablet on the old frame. The painting captures dappled sunlight and the range of fall colors across the trees and reflected in the hills beyond. As a writer for the Art Institute of Chicago Bulletin remarked, Grigware “sees nature in her poetic aspects and paints with a wide range of colors which reach greatest clarity and depth.” One can see his fascination with light and color in his impressionistic rendering of the scene.
 ‘The Summer Shows,” Bulletin of the Art Institute of Chicago, Vol. XXI, No. 6 (September 1927) p. 77
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Purchased in Chicago in the 1930s by the aunt of the current owner
By descent to private collection, Fairfield, Connecticut
Verso of canvas in white chalk: 45