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Maxfield Parrish

"Lusisti Satis"...Finally we found ourselves sitting silent on an upturned wheelbarrow,...etc."
pencil, chalk, pen and ink, and ink wash
14 7/16 x 9 7/8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of Olin Dows

One of Maxfield Parrish's friends explained the charm and appeal of his black and white illustrations for Kenneth Grahame's The Golden Age: "Try as you may, you cannot locate any of the quaintly capricious beings or the backgrounds, natural or architectural, against which they are amassed. All you know is that they belong to a place where one is ever young, and that they spontaneously awaken in you memories of having once been there yourself."