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Beyond the Blue: The Art of Maxfield Parrish
July 1999 article in the Smithsonian Magazine

CGFA - Maxfield Parrish
An incredible site! Large, high resolution images and a biography of Mr. Parrish.

Distinguished Artist Series
An article written by Alma Gilbert, international Parrish authority for Traditional Fine Art Online, Inc. Contains images from Ms. Gilbert's own collection.

Eastman School of Music
November 13, 2000 (Press Release). Eastman Theatre - Rochester, N.Y. - "Interlude" painting to be featured on U.S. postage stamp

Eastman School of Music
January 24, 2001. Special Postal cancellation ceremony at Eastman marks arrival of Parrish stamp.

FBI - Art Theft Program
Notice on the two Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney Murals - Panel 3a and Panel 3b - stolen July 2002. Includes online images of each.

Faded Brush Strokes
A delightful article by Patricia Speer featured in the November 1997 issue of Sabine magazine. Contains a link on page 2 to an incredible photo of The Dream Garden, 1915 mural commissioned by the Curtis Publishing Co. and built by Loius Comfort Tiffany from a design by Maxfield Parrish.

Library of Congress
L. Frank Baum's first book "Mother Goose in Prose" was also Mr. Parrish's first book of Illustrations. Published in 1897, the last story in the book may have been the inspriation for the character - Dorothy - in the Wizard of OZ.

Maxfield Parrish Biography
With the image of The Little Peach from 1904 Poems of Childhood on Illustration House, Inc.'s website - One of America's premier art auction houses.

Maxfield Parrish Covers
Images of December 1899 Scribner's Magazine

The Mazda Lamp Story
In 1909, General Electric first used the name Mazda on their lamps. In 1917 Maxfield Parrish began painting advertising for them.

The Music of Maxfield Parrish
An intriguing website. Music composed in tribute to Mr. Parrish. A biograph of working at the Parrish estate. And, a rather startling page on copyright infringment.

Guardian Newspapers Limited
Friday August 2, 2002. Thieves sneak $5m paintings out of Hollywood gallery

Libraries & Culture
Spring 1994. Article on the history of the John and Ethel Van Derlip's bookplate designed in 1899 by Parrish. L&C is a University of Texas journal on published work. The article was written by Harold Peterson, Librarian - Minneapolis Institute of Arts Library (endowed by the Van Derlips)

Philip Read Memorial Library
1088 Rt. 12A
Plainfield, New Hampshire
Adopted "hometown" of Parrish. Hosts events through out the year in his name. While you're in Plainfield check out the restored stage set done by Parrish, now housed at Town Hall.

Saturday Evening Post
Issue: March, 2000. THE TIMELESS ART OF MAXFIELD PARRISH - article about the rescue of the Curtis mosaic in Philadelphia.

Smithsonian Magazine
Issue: April, 1998. POSTERS AT THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART - article about an exhibition entitled "Posters American Style" which included Mr. Parrish's Adlake Camera poster.

Speaking Out: Mask & Wig's "Old King Cole"
An interesting editorial on the historical Philaphelphia tavern home of Parrish's "Old King Cole" mural.


Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions

Addison Gallery of American Art
Phillips Academy
180 Main Street
Andover, Massachusetts

- The Storm, 1907

The Beach Street Cafe
399 Beach St
Santa Cruz, California
The Beach Street Cafe is home to a huge variety of prints and reproductions of Parrish's work.

Brandywine River Museum
U.S. Route 1 and PA Route 100
Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania
Home of an impressive collection of Wyeth family work. It also houses many other examples of the Bradywine School of Art alumni including Maxfield Parrish in it's American Illustration Collection.

In addition to the impressive list of (below) works they have a number of artifacts and photographs.


- Century Midsummer Holiday Number, 1897
- The Dinkey-Bird, 1904
- Daybreak, 1923


- The Bartram's New Year Greeting, 1897
- Untitled (sketch of entry to a garden), 1904
- Rocks (study), 1908
- The Artist, Sex - Male, 1909
- The Knave of Hearts, 1922
- Cobble Hill, 1931
- Model for Entrance to Old King Cole Room, 1936
- Untitled - watercolor on board, N.D.
- Untitled (blue tones) - watercolor on board, N.D.
- Study for "Valley of Enchantment", N.D.
- Untitled - watercolor on board, N.D.
- Architectural Study - oil on composition board, N.D.


- The Stage Manager, 1923
- Chef Carrying Cauldron, 1925
- Study Drawing of the Stage Manager, N.D.
- Study Drawing of a Piper, N.D.

The Cleveland Museum of Art
11150 East Boulevard
Cleveland, Ohio

- Alarums and Excursions, 1899

The Curtis Center
Independance Square West
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
(across the street from Independence Hall) Original home of the Curtis Publishing Co. the founder of magazines such as The Ladies Home Journal, Jack and Jill, and The Saturday Evening Post. It is home to Dream Garden, a 49 ft. glass mosaic designed by Parrish and built by Louis Tiffany. It was also the original home of Florentine Fete - Love's Pilgrimage, 1911 a mural commisioned for the girl's dining room.

Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, Delaware
Besides the work listed below, the museum has several Parrish lithographs as well as the Maxfield Parrish Illustrated Letters to Henry Bancroft, which are part of the Parrish Archives in the Helen Farr Sloan Library.

You can see a fascinating example of these wonderful letters  here - and another - here.

The museum is undergoing major renovation (scheduled for completion - 26 June 2005) and all exhibits are being housed at the Riverfront Arts Center on the Wilmington Waterfront until the reopening.

The centerpiece of the Delaware Art Museum is the collected works of Parrish's teacher Howard Pyle and other fellow students of the Brandywine School of Art including N.C. Wyeth, Frank Schoonover and Stanley Arthurs. Also of note: The Samuel and Mary R. Bancroft Pre-Raphaelite Collection and an extensive collection of the works of John Sloan.

- Thanksgiving (The Tramp's Thanksgiving), 1905

The Detroit Institute of Arts
5200 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, Michigan
The DIA collections include four paintings by Parrish and 10 other works on paper - advertisements, posters and other objects mainly of a commercial nature.

- Agib in the Enchanted Palace, 1905
- Aladdin and the African Magician, 1905
- Sinbad in the Valley of the Diamonds, 1906
- The Pirate Ship (The History of Codadad and His Brothers), 1906

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
de Young Memorial Museum
Legion of Honor
San Francisco, California
Online Exhibit (Use the ImageBase search @ the top of the page.)

- Poster Show. Penn. Academy of Fine Arts, 1896
- The Arithmetic Lesson (Collier's Weekly), 1909
- The Idiot (Collier's Weekly), 1910
- Man with Apple (Collier's Weekly), 1911
- From the Story of Snow White, 1912

Free Library of Philadelphia
1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

- The Pied Piper, 1909
- Hermes, 1909
- Young King of the Black Isles, 1910
- La Parfum (Girl with Elves), 1917
- Night is Fled, 1918
- Moonlit Night, Winter, 1942

Haggin Museum
Victory Park
1201 North Pershing Avenue
Stockton, California

- Jack Frost, 1936

Harvard University Art Museums
University Portrait Collection
32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, Massachusetts

- Early Autumn White Birch, 1936

Haverford College
Maxfield Parrish Collection & Alcove
370 Lancaster Avenue
Haverford, Pennsylvania
Notes from Haverford College and the collection of their "favorite son" alumnus.

- Early Autumn, White Birch, 1936

Hood Museum of Art
Dartmouth College
Wheelock Street
Hanover, New Hampshire
New Hampshire became Parrish's home and inspiration. Hood Museum houses several Parrish items.

- Hunt Farm, 1948.

King Cole Bar & Lounge
St. Regis Hotel
2 E. 55th St. (Midtown East/Murray Hill) Between Fifth and Madison Aves
New York, New York
Maxfield Parrish painted the "Old King Cole" mural that now graces this Fifth Avenue establishment.

Mask and Wig Club
310 South Quince Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Home of the University of Pennsylvania all male musical comedy troupes. It is also the home of the 1897 Old King Cole mural, Parrish's first commission.

Maxfield's Restaurant
2 New Montgomery Street
San Francisco, California
In the grand Palace Hotel, just six blocks from the waterfront, you will find one of the most famous bars in the world. Apparently, Mr. Parrish loved San Francisco and created the bar. It is home of the Maxfield Parrish mural "The Pied Piper of Hamelin".

Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester
500 University Avenue
Rochester, New York
Maxfield Parrish posing for photograph - 1904; Illustration for "Potpourri" by H.G. Dwight, 1905. Interlude is on permanent loan from the Eastman Theatre of the Eastman School of Music.

- Ah, never in this world were there such roses, 1905
- Edison Mazda Lamp (Advertising Sign), 1921
- Interlude, 1922.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street
New York, New York

- A Strong-based Promontory, 1909

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
2400 Third Avenue South,
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Exhibit includes:

- Villa Gamberaia, Settignano - 1903
- Dream Castle in the Sky - 1908

The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art
445 North Park Avenue
Winter Park, Florida
Home of an incredible collection of work by Loius Comfort Tiffany. Also houses work by Maxfiled Parrish.

- Phoebus on Halzaphron, 1901
- The Dinkey Bird, 1904
- Elm Autumn, 1934
- New Hamphsire Winter, 1939

Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design
224 Benefit Street
Providence, Rhode Island

- Cowboys' Hot Springs, Arizona, 1902

National Museum of American Illustration
Vernon Court 492, Bellevue Avenue
Newport, Rhode Island
Online: Griselda 1910, Florentine Fete - Love's Pilgrimage, 1911 and The Knave of Hearts: The King Samples the Tart, 1924; as well as an interesting "gif" animation showing the transition of Parrish's original DayBreak Study to what we know as Daybreak. Website Parrish biography written by Laurence Cutler, Parrish authority.

In a December 2003 Email correspondence, Mr. Cutler wished for us to convey that, "The National Museum of American Illustration has by far, the largest collection of original Maxfield Parrish artworks-72 paintings including his largest work (‘A Florentine Fete’) and his smallest work and 1 1/2” diameter button. We also have the complete collection of all Parrish vintage works, meaning prints, memorabilia (his original paint brushes), and every book, advertisement, etc., which ever used his images. There are 800 works in that part of the collection which is known as the American Imagist Collection. No other museum nor any collectors have such a massive assembly of his unique artworks."

And we are pleased to do so. Truely a must stop for the "Parrish Tourist"!

New Britain Museum of American Art
56 Lexington Street
New Britain, Connecticut

- Dusk, 1942

University of New Hampshire Library
Special Collections
18 Library Way
Durham, New Hampshire
The Milne Special Collections and Archives: Personal Papers of Visual Artists.
"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, Vermont's celebration of his 93rd birthday."

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Broad and Cherry Streets
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Maxfield Parrish alma mater. Review of the 1999 - 2000 traveling exhibition. Biography of Sylvia Yount, Chief Curator & noted Parrish author.

In 2001 The Louis Tiffany/Maxfield Parrish mosaic - Dream Garden - became part of the Academy Collection through the generosity of the Pew Memorial Trust.

- Dream Garden, 1916 - Old King Cole, 1894
- School Days (Alphabet), 1908
- Princess Parizade Bringing Home the Singing Tree, 1906

People's United Bank
50 Main Street
Windsor, Vermont
Where Parrish did his banking, being near to Plainfield, and to whom he gave his painting

- New Hampshire, Thy Templed Hills

I apologize. There is no link here. (rather rudely) asked me to take down a link when they deleted (without replacing) their page on this painting being hung in this bank. When I get around to it I will replace the link with one of my own. If you do visit --- please remember, this is a place of business ... and when the tellers politely ask you NOT to take pictures of the painting --- you are indeed talking to one of the owners of the painting. For some of us --- this is a rare opportunity to actually see an original Maxfield Parrish work of art. Please be respectful.

Philadelphia Museum of Art
Benjamin Franklin Parkway and 26th Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

- Sinbad Plots Against the Giant, 1907
- Cinderella, 1914

Phoenix Art Museum
1625 North Central Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona
Western American Collection with an online example of - Arizona - 1950.

UCLA Library Department of Special Collections
A1713 Young Research Library
Los Angelas, California
Archived Exhibit - Picturing Childhood : Illustrated children's books from University of California collections, 1550-1990

- Ferry's Seeds: Mary, Mary Quite Contrary, 1921
- Jack and the Beanstalk, 1923
- The Knave of Hearts, 1925

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
2800 Grove Avenue
Richmond, Virginia

- Little Sugar River at Noon, 1922


Links For The Artist & The Collector

Color Techniques
A great article on the color techniques Parrish used with information from "America's Great Illustrators" by Susan E. Meyer, published by Galahad Books.

The Illustrators Collector's News
A link to a popular online classified art sale site. Nice biographical sketch of Mr. Parrish. Scroll down to the third article. You'll be able to find good hints and pointers in collecting prints elsewhere on the site.

Maine Antique Digest
September 2000 article - Renewed Interest in Maxfield Parrish by Alexander Farnham

Techniques: Maxfield Parrish's Formula for Mediums
This link will take you directly to the Formula for Mediums used by Maxfield Parrish.

Parrish Books



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