Grover, Oliver Dennett(American, 1861-1927)
Born in Earlville, Illinois in 1861, Oliver Dennett Grover was one of the founding members of the Eagle’s Nest Art Colony; his works frequently depict Oregon, Illinois and the Sinnissippi countryside. He attended the Chicago Academy of Design, the Munich Royal Academy, and the Julian Academy, studying with Frank Duveneck and James McNeill Whistler. He won numerous awards, including silver and bronze medals during the St. Louis Exposition of 1904. Grover also served as a senior professor at the Art Institute of Chicago. The Illinois Historical Project recently located and acquired Grover’s painting “Thy Will be Done, “which had, “disappeared for one hundred and five years into a small upstate New York town.” In 1892, “Thy Will be Done” won the Charles Tyson Yerkes Prize, and was shown in the Fine Arts Palace of the 1893 World’s Fair Exposition.
Works Cited:
Call, Keith. Oregon, Illinois. Charleston: Arcadia Publishing, 2005.
Dryer, Joel S. “Oliver Dennett Grover’s ‘Thy Will be Done’.” From the “Northern Illinois University Archives,” http://www.ulib.niu.edu/reghist/Uarchives.cfm

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