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Grace Myrtle Allison Griffith 1885 - 1955
Grace Allison Griffith Grazing Sheep Among Wildflowers Honolulu Framing Sticker Grace Allison Griffith Grazing Sheep Among Wildflowers Signature
Painting Signature
with Gurrey's Framing Sticker (verso),
with image of Duke Kahanamoku
Honolulu, T H (Territory of Hawaii)
Grazing Sheep Among Wildflowers, 1921
Watercolor on paper, 14 1/4" x 17"
original 99 yr old frame,
with archival materials and museum glass


Grace Allison Griffith Grazingf Amog Wildflowers 1921

Grace Allison Griffith painted Grazing Sheep Among Wildflowers in 1921 while she was in Hawaii. At the time, she was using the name Griffith Allison. Grace and her sister Alice established a studio and gallery in Honolulu in 1919-1921. At the time, a Honolulu art critic dubbed Grace, "The Wizard of Watercolor."

Grace Allison Griffith Grazing Sheep Among Wildflowers 1921 with original frame

Alfred Gurrey Ad 6

The framing sticker (above left) is from Gurrey's, the photography studio and gallery of Alfred Richard Gurrey Jr. and his wife Caroline Haskins Gurrey (photo above-left). The shop was opened by Alfred's father, Alfred Richard Gurrey Sr. Alfred Sr., the British/Hawaii painter, came to San Francisco at the age of 20, and was transferred to Hawaii as a fire insurance adjuster. Self taught, he painted the Islands, most notably Kauai after his retirement in 1916.

Grace and Alice came to know the Gurreys as they networked within the Honolulu art community. This painting may have been consigned and originally sold through the Gurreys' shop.

Caroline Gurrey was from Oakland and married her husband Alfred in 1904. Alfred Jr. was known for photography of surfers and would have known Duke Kahanamoku well. Caroline was known for her ethnographic photography of mixed-race boys and girls.

Grace Allison Griffith Grazing Sheep Among Wildflowers 1921 Closeup