Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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Daisy Field, [west KU campus]
  • William Alexander Griffith, painter
    born: Lawrence, Kansas, United States ; died: Laguna Beach, California, United States
  • Daisy Field, [west KU campus], circa 1908–1910
  • Where object was made: United States
  • oil on hardboard
  • Length/Width/Depth: 40.7 x 61 cm
    Length/Width/Depth: 16 x 24 in
  • Gift of the family of Sarah Jane Griffith Stevens (1906–92)
  • Not on display
  • 1994.0033
Label Text

Exhibition Label:
"From the Prairie to Paris and Back Again: The Art of William A. Griffith", (Nov 1996) Susan Earle
Griffith often drew inspiration from parts of the KU campus for his landscape paintings. Here he depicts the area of campus currently known as "Daisy Hill." Griffith may have held special feelings for this place. A photograph (at right) shows three of his children, George, Sarah Jane, and Lucinda, playing in the daisies that grew there.

Templin, Lewis, Hashinger, Ellsworth, and McCollum residence halls were built on this site in the 1950s and 60s.