Parrish, Stephen, 1846-1938

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Birth 1846-07-09
Death 1938-05-15

Biographical notes:

Stephen Parrish was a well known etcher and oil painter. He was born into a Quaker family in Philadelphia, PA, the son of a successful businessman and apothecary. Parrish, despite his Quaker background, was keenly interested in art from an early age and his rather stern parents seemed not to prevent this interest from developing. Parrish married Elizabeth Bancroft in 1869 and in 1870 their only son, Frederick, was born. Parrish operated a stationery store from 1870 until 1877 when he decided to commit himself to painting full time. Taking lessons from an unidentified teacher, Parrish did only 33 paintings in two years, prompting him to change tack to etching. In 1879, he produced his first plate for an etching. During the next ten years Parrish became one of the top etchers in America. Parrish worked as an etcher through the 1880s and when the popularity of etching slackened, returned to painting. At this time Parrish had an independent income. In 1894, he and his family moved to Cornish, NH. Parrish painted until a stroke forced him to retire for good.

From the description of Collection, 1880-1912. (Winterthur Library). WorldCat record id: 122555776

Father of Maxfield Parrish.

From the description of Letters : Philadelphia and St. Raphael, France, to Emily Sartain, 1884 Jan. 17 and 1886 Feb. 10. (Bryn Mawr College). WorldCat record id: 28460352

Illustrator, printmaker.

Father of illustrator, Maxfield Parrish.

From the description of Stephen Parrish letter, 1887 Mar. 28. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 86133254


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  • Illustrators
  • Art, American--Exhibitions
  • Artists' studios--Photographs
  • Artists
  • Etching--19th century
  • Etchers--United States
  • Etching--Study and teaching--Photographs
  • Art criticism
  • Parrish, Stephen--1846-1938--Criticism and interpretation
  • Etching--Exhibitions
  • Etching, American


  • Etchers
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  • United States (as recorded)
  • Cornish (N.H. : Town) (as recorded)