Parrish, Maxfield, 1870-1966

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Birth 1870-07-25
Death 1966-03-30

Biographical notes:

Frederick Parrish was born July 25, 1870 in Philadelphia, PA. He later took a family name, Maxfield, as his middle name. He was an illustrator and commercial artist who designed his first magazine cover for Harper's Weekly in April, 1895. Following that he did pictures and posters for other popular periodicals. His works also became familiar to the public through his illustrations for calendars and advertisements. He was noted for his use of rich colors, especially the shade of blue named for him. His most famous mural, Old King Cole, was hung in the Hotel Knickerbocker in 1920, and later moved to the St. Regis Hotel in 1933. Two years before his death in 1966, an exhibit of his paintings and drawings was shown at the Gallery of Modern Art in New York. Biographical Source: Something About the Author, Volume 14, p. 158

From the guide to the Maxfield Parrish Collection, (University of Minnesota Libraries Children's Literature Research Collections [clrc])

Maxfield Parrish (1870-1966) was an American painter and illustrator.

From the description of Maxfield Parrish letter, 1944 March 14. (Brigham Young University). WorldCat record id: 137733382

Maxfield Parrish (1870-1966) was an American illustrator and painter. He was known for his decorative illustrations, which often feature neo-classical imagery and rich, glowing colors. His 1924 painting, Daybreak, was incredibly popular and became the most reproduced art print of the twentieth century.

From the guide to the Maxfield Parrish Letter, 1924, (Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries)

American painter and illustrator.

From the description of Maxfield Parrish illustrated letters to Henry Bancroft, 1884-1909. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70976221

Artist. Maxfield Parrish (1870-1966) was the son of Stephen and Elizabeth Parrish of Philadelphia. He attended Haverford College from 1889-1891. Lydia A. Parrish, his wife, was a chronicler of African American folk music.

From the description of Maxfield Parrish collection, 1888-1986. (Haverford College Library). WorldCat record id: 28814976

Writer, editor, publisher; born Milledgeville, Ga. Worked for Charles Scribner and Sons from 1896-1897, then for Doubleday Page and Co. He wrote and edited a number of books and magazine articles throughout his career.

From the description of Maxfield Parrish letter, 1897 September 15. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122403830

Three letters written by Maxfield Parrish. In one letter he describes his own work, in another, his notions on "the medium of expression," and in the third, Plainfield, New Hampshire's celebration of his 93rd birthday.

From the description of Correspondence, 1907-1963. (Manchester City Library). WorldCat record id: 30066842

American artist.

From the description of Letter to his son, 1947. (Getty Research Institute). WorldCat record id: 81610096

Maxfield Parrish was an important contributor of the American "Golden age of illustration." After 1931 he abbandoned commercial art, and devoted himself to landscape painting.

From the description of Letter to Lawrence G. Low. 1950 Aug. 20. (Getty Research Institute). WorldCat record id: 78297773

Painter and illustrator; Cornish, New Hampshire.

The son of painter Stephen Parrish, Maxfield attended Haverford College (1888-1891) and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (1892-1894). He also studied under Howard Pyle at Drexel Institute. Parrish had a studio in Philadelphia until 1898, when he moved to "The Oaks" in Cornish, New Hampshire, where he produced illustrations for magazines and books and later worked on landscape murals.

From the description of Maxfield Parrish letters, 1909-1912. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122545973

Illustrator; Philadelphia, Pa. and Windsor, Vt.

Attended Haverford College.

From the description of Maxfield Parrish selected papers and letters, [ca. 1888]-1986. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 86093851

Painter, illustrator; Windsor, Vermont.

Had a studio in Philadelphia. Well-known for his magazine illustrations.

From the description of Maxfield Parrish scrapbook, [undated]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122515026


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