Shown below are the Maxfield Parrish paintings which we currently have for sale as of February 2015. Brief descriptions, dates, and background information follow the pictures. You may click on each icon for an enlarged view.
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1. Study for Swiftwater/Misty Morn. 1953. Size: 7 1/2″ x 5″. Media: Oil on board. Don’t let the relatively small size fool you. This is an extraordinary, finely detailed painting. Hard to believe that it was not itself the end product. However, we must call it a “study” as Parrish later produced a final painting in the dimensions he normally used for the Brown & Bigelow landscapes. PRICE UPON REQUEST.
2. Child Eating. 1896. Size: 6″ x 5″. Media: Brown paper and pencil cutout done in preparation for the advertising contest sponsored by the Hornsby Oatmeal Company of Buffalo, NY. The finished poster won Parrish a first prize of $150. This item is Ludwig Catalog #56. Parrish gave it as a gift to the artist Hannes Bok, and it is from that estate. PRICE UPON REQUEST.
3. Dreaming/October. 1928. Size: 32″ x 50″. Media: Oil on board. Extremely famous and rare work, the only one in existence that graphically shows how the artist painted. It was done originally for the House of Art as “Dreaming”. Parrish decided to change it into an ode to the month of October and was working on it when he died. From the former collection of Whoopi Goldberg. PRICE UPON REQUEST.
4. Encounter at Mermaid Tavern c. 1895. Size 16″ x 20″. Media: A watercolor and oil sketch on paper. Unsigned. This is the earlier of two known studies by Parrish for the finished painting which illustrated a story of the same name in Century Magazine. Both studies are in the same media, and on the same kind of paper. Both are the same size. The later study is signed with a script “Parrish” on the lower right side. This study is not signed. This particular study was discovered by Maxfield Parrish, Jr. among his father’s papers during his administration of the artist’s estate. He authenticated this work in a letter to Alma Gilbert in 1976. PRICE UPON REQUEST.
5. What They Talked About. 1899. Size: 14″ x 10″. Media: Three pen and ink finished drawings which are the originals for three of the thirteen tailpieces used for the book: Golden Age by Kenneth Grahame, published in 1899. PRICE UPON REQUEST.
6. Lady Violetta Examining the Tarts. 1923. Size: 19 1/4″ x 14 3/4″. Media: Oil on board. One of the paintings done to illustrate the famous children’s book The Knave of Hearts by Louise Saunders, wife of Scribner’s editor Maxwell Perkins. SOLD.
7. The Elf . c. 1920. Size 27″ by 15 1/2″. Media: Oil on 1/4″ pressboard (also sometimes known by its trade name Vehisote). This recently discovered study for an image of “The Elf” will be familiar to Parrish fans as the visual theme used in the 1920 advertising campaign for Hires Root Beer. It is an unusually large work, but one completely in keeping with the size expected for an advertising poster. SOLD.
8. A cutout showing a design for a silver lamp, done for Mr. and Mrs. Cameron Forbes in Massachusetts. Dated prior to a final design in watercolor done in 1898. This cutout piece is a recognized Parrish item with the Ludwig I.D. number 851. The finished lamp was intended for installation on the Forbes family private yacht. SOLD.
9. Cutout for Prince Codadad’s Pirate Ship. 1906. Size: 19 1/2″ x 12 1/4″. Media: Brown paper and pencil cutout done in preparation for the finished work owned by the Detroit Art Museum. SOLD.