Stephen Parrish

Artist Biography

The father of Maxfield Parrish, one of the twentieth century’s most beloved illustrators, Stephen M. Parrish experienced his own success as a painter and etcher in the late-nineteenth century. After his heyday as an etcher in the 1880’s, Parrish committed to painting, traveling throughout the north to paint landscapes of Novia Scotia, New Brunswick, Cape Cod, and Gloucester. He exhibited widely, showing at the National Academy of Design, the Boston Art Club, the World’s Columbian Exhibition in Chicago, and the Paris Salon. The Smithsonian American Art Museum mounted a traveling exhibition of his work in 1974 and Vose Galleries in Boston held a major Parrish retrospective in 1982. The Toledo Museum of Art and the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts also feature his paintings.

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