Art For Sale

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. 

Let me know if any of these are of interest by sending me an email at for prices, additional information, history, condition, and which museums have exhibited them and what books have shown them as illustrations.

Remember: an enlarged view is available by clicking on any thumbnail image.


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.


  1. Dear Ms. Gilbert,
    I am inquiring the about Study for Swiftwater/Misty Morn. 1953. I have a small Parrish, and would not mind adding to that collection. I am an art dealer myself. Could you please quote me a price for the painting. If you have a dealer price for the Parrish, perhaps you could give that some consideration. Nicki Solomon, Nicki Solomon Fine Art. 781 769 8557

    • Hi, Nicki Solomon: I assume you are related to Jack Solomon whom I knew well during my years in San Francisco. The beautiful little oil “Study for Misty Morn” has been shown in seven museums and was always very popular when I had at on display at the Parrish Museum. It is for sale for $150K. Alma Gilbert

  2. Dear Mrs. Gilbert:

    I am in possession of a small wooden carving (plaque) 7.5 x 7.5 inches, of the face of the North Wind. It is signed in graphite on the back, M. Parrish, Jr., Cornish, N.H. 1933. Can you enlighten me, was Maxfield Jr. a sculptor or a whittler? In 1933 I do believe he would have been approximately 27 years of age. The writing is cursive and is very distinct. It’s quite a wonderful piece. Any light you could shed on this subject would be tremendously appreciated.

    Kindest regards,
    Cynthia S. Odom
    Nashville, Tennessee

    • HI, Cynthia! Maxfield Parrish Jr. was the artist second son. He studied at Harvard and was quite talented. He did not go into art work but liked to draw, write, doodle, whittle and work on cars. He was his Dad’s executor since MP thought he was the most levelheaded of his children. AGS

  3. Ms. Gilbert: I saw a study of the St. Regis Old King Cole on your website and was wondering if it had been sold. I remembered one had been auctioned at Christie’s or Sotheby’s several decades ago, when I was in the business. I recall it was in a silver colored frame. Was that the same one? Did that study have Jay Hambidge’s lines of symmetry visible, by the way?
    H M Duncanson
    Westchester, NY

    • Hi, Ms. Duncanson: My page of Art for Sale does NOT show the study for the Old King Cole Mural. Eons ago, I acquired the Study for the Old King Cole from the Vose Galleries of Boston and it came with a letter of authentication from Max Parrish, Jr., the executor of his Dad’s estate. That was sold about 40 years ago. I don’t know if the person who acquired it sold it again at auction. When I sold it, it had a massive pedestal wooden frame. ags

  4. Hello Ms. Gilbert, I am in possession of a ” Night in the Desert” limited edition print that was done in 1985 along with a letter of authenticity. It is in perfect condition and has been framed in glass for all of these years. I am considering selling it and was hoping that you might be able to give me a ballpark figure as to its worth. Any information would be much appreciated! Thanks so much,
    Kim Opine
    Phoenix Az

    • Thanks for the inquiry, Kim. You should have your receipt for what the print cost framed. I would imagine the print if it has not faded should make at least a 30%-40% increase in what you paid for it. I suggest you look on E-Bay and see if there are any other similar prints of Night in the Desert and at what they are being sold for these days. Prints do not have the appreciation value that the originals have. ags

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