Determining where A Grey Day was created, whether in the French countryside or closer to home during Vonnoh's years in Old Lyme, Connecticut is challenging. Yet the landscape, painted en plein air with muted tones of color, embodies the relaxed brushwork and atmospheric qualities that fascinated Vonnoh at this time in his career. A 1914 inscription on the back of the panel is dedicated to George E. Morris, “my old friend [and] pupil,” who may have been a student of Vonnoh’s in Boston before embarking on his own long, successful teaching career in the Waltham, Massachusetts, school system beginning in 1882.
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Estate, Weston, Massachusetts
To collection, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2013
To private collection, Newton, Massachusetts, 2013 to present
- (verso of panel in ink) “A Grey Day” / Vonnoh
- (verso of panel in faded ink) To my old friend + pupil / Geo. E. Morris / Robert Vonnoh / (illegible) / Mch 4 1914