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Oliver Dennett Grover - Thy WIll Be Done

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  • BORN before January 1, 1900.

  • LIVED at least half their career in Illinois or closely attached to the state.

  • PAINTERS while we show fine examples of sculptors here, we study primarily painters.

Our relational database can help the scholar who is seeking to organize an exhibition and generate thematic plans. Our library covers all of the art organizations functioning in Illinois since 1859 including articles and exhibition catalogs.

In 1892 Thy Will Be Done by Oliver Dennett Grover won the first Yerkes prize in Chicago. It was exhibited the next year at the World's Columbian Exposition. Then, it disappeared for for 105 years! It turned up at a small country auction in upstate New York. The auctioneers contacted the Branford, CT Library where Grover's murals adorn the rotunda. The library contacted the Illinois Historical Art Project, who then purchased the painting at auction.

Now in the Schwartz Collection, this painting is an example of recovering history through our Project. We seek original source biographical materials on Illinois artists.

Thy Will Be Done [Schwartz Collection]

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