“Painted in 1936. At my Halifax (Vt.) House. Taken by Harold Grieve from the studio in 1937 to Hollywood, California, and sold by him to Gracie Allen and George Burns of radio and movie fame for the library of their home at 720 North Maple Drive, Beverly Hills, California, which Mr. Grieve had decorated, as one of the most prominent interior decorators of the country.
"...I have another sale to report, made only yesterday, which has an amusing angle! Do you remember my 2 paintings which hung downstairs at the Manchester show this fall - one of them the Vermont Barns which you still have there and the other an elm tree arching over a red house - The Dooryard Elm? I wonder if you did notice the latter? I made it this summer and it has not been out at all except to the Manchester exhibition. Later in the fall with one or two others it was sent out to Hollywood to a close friend, Harold Grieve, an interior decorator, who hoped to try to sell some of my work out there. Well, yesterday, Christmas, I heard "The Dooryard Elm" had been sold, and in the later mail I had a nice letter from the purchaser herself, very enthusiastically written, and stating it was the center decoration in the large new home which had just been built for her - the draperies and rugs and furnishings of the library all being designed and arranged in color about the painting (which is the way a painting should be used) - and whose library do you think my painting "graces?" Gracie Allen! - that silly dumbbell comedienne of the movie and radio team of Gracie Allen and George Burns. She wrote a charming letter anyway. Perhaps it may lead to more sales in the colony. I expect to hear from Mae West next!"