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date: 20 September 2019

Parrish, Maxfieldlocked

(25 July 1870–30 March 1966)
  • Bethany Neubauer


Parrish, Maxfield (25 July 1870–30 March 1966), artist, was born Frederick Parrish in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Stephen Parrish, a businessman and and Elizabeth Bancroft. Both parents were Quakers from affluent Philadelphia families. Parrish later took his paternal grandmother’s maiden name, Maxfield, as his middle name and was known professionally by it. He showed talent from an early age, and extended trips to Europe in 1877 and 1884 introduced him to Old Masters and historic landscapes. In 1885, while recuperating from typhoid, Parrish was taught by his father to draw and etch. He began studying architecture at Haverford College in 1888 but left after three years without receiving a degree. In 1892 he resumed his education at the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts, studying under the painters ...

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