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    Sale 2171

    Important American Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture

    20 May 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 107

    Maxfield Parrish (1870-1966)

    The Fisherman

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    Estimate

    Maxfield Parrish (1870-1966)
    The Fisherman
    signed with initials 'M . P' (lower left)
    oil on board
    8¾ x 11¼ in. (22.2 x 28.6 cm.)


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    The Fisherman was originally painted as the cover design for Charles Scribner's Sons' The Arabian Nights, Their Best-Known Tales, which was published in 1909. A few years earlier, Parrish had painted twelve works for Collier's magazine depicting scenes from The Arabian Nights. According to Coy Ludwig, "Charles Scribner's Sons, with whom Parrish had discussed the possibility of illustrating The Arabian Nights as early as 1904, purchased the book rights for the series from Collier's. Edited for juvenile readers by Nora A. Smith and Kate Douglas Wiggin, the author of Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, Scribner's 1909 edition of The Arabian Nights was considerably more subdued than earlier translations of the tales." (Maxfield Parrish, New York, 1973, p. 32) In addition to the twelve works that he had already painted for Collier's, Parrish produced works for the cover, endpapers and title page of the Scribner's edition of The Arabian Nights including The Fisherman.

    Provenance

    Betsey P.C. Purves Trust, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
    Vose Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts.
    Private collection, Mount Washington, Massachusetts, acquired from the above, 1973.


    Literature

    K.D. Wiggin and N.A. Smith, ed., The Arabian Nights, Their Best-Known Tales, New York, 1909, cover illustration.
    C. Ludwig, Maxfield Parrish, New York, 1973, p. 205, no. 512.
    Brandywine River Museum, Maxfield Parrish: Master of Make-Believe, exhibition catalogue, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, 1974, p. 25, no. 26 (as Fisherman).


    Exhibited

    Brooklyn, New York, Brooklyn Museum of Art, on loan, 1969.
    Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, Brandywine River Museum, Maxfield Parrish: Master of Make-Believe, May 31-September 2, 1974, no. 26 (as Fisherman (Arabian Nights)).