Julia Halley, later Julia Berry, was a student at the Art Institute of Chicago around 1932 when she sat for Grell for this portrait. It was exhibited at the Chicago Galleries at the 1932 winter show along with other works by: Karl Plath, Anna Lynch, Pauline Palmer, Charles P. Killgore, Oscar E. Berninghaus, Macena Barton, Joseph Allworthy, Marvin D. Cone, Gasper J. Ruffolo, John F. Stacey, Florence White Williams, Carl C. Preussl, Edward T. Grigware, Josephine Reichmann, F. Drexel Smith, James Topping and others.
The smaller bust portrait is held in the LA Grell family collection and is believed to be the same person and is known as a former student of Grells.
Chicago Tribune, December 9, 1932, p. 23
oil on canvas c1932