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Maxfield Parrish (1870–1966)
The Century Co. (New York), printed by the Thomas & Wylie Lithographic Co.
The Century Midsummer Holiday Number, 1897
color lithograph
47.1 x 30.6 cm (18 9/16 x 12 in.)
Delaware Art Museum, gift of Mrs. J. Marshall Cole

Produced as an entry for an 1896 Century magazine poster contest, this appealing work by the young Maxfield Parrish was awarded second prize. Parrish's designs, often featuring lush settings and female nudes, were produced for a wide variety of magazines and other commercial products. Poster and calendar illustrations by Parrish were widely displayed in homes at the turn of the century.


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Biography of Maxfield Parrish

Maxfield Parrish was educated at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in his native city of Philadelphia. He also studied with the renowned illustrator Howard Pyle, who was an important influence on his work. Trained as both a painter and an illustrator, Parrish became one of the East Coast's preeminent poster designers in the 1890s. In 1896 his design was awarded first place from a pool of 525 entries in the competition for the Pope Bicycle poster, and from then on, he was one of America's most frequently reproduced and prolific artists. Like so many of his contemporaries, Parrish designed posters for many book publishers. He was also successful in executing commercial commissions for such products as Colgate soap.

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