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    MAXFIELD PARRISH (American 1870 - 1966)
    Poet's Dream, 1901
    Created to illustrate John Milton's poem "L'Allegro" published in Century MagazineDecember 1901,
    Oil on paper
    15-1/2 x 9-1/2 inches
    Initialed on front lower left
    Inscribed in frame, Straight mine eye hath caught such pleasures. Such sights as youthful poet's dream, on summer eves by haunted streams
    Signed on the verso, Maxfield Parrish, 1901.

    Distinctive burl wood frame also crafted and created by Parrish.

    Ruth Hay Whitney;
    Andrew Sordoni;
    Alma Gilbert;
    Private collection

    "Maxfield Parrish: Master of Make-Believe," Brandywine River Museum, Chadds Ford, PA 1974;
    "Parrish in Literature," La Galeria, San Mateo, CA, 1976;
    "The Return of Maxfield Parrish," Maxfield Parrish Museum, The Oaks, Plainfield, NH. 1978-1982;
    "Maxfield Parrish: An Exhibit," Maxwell Gallery, San Francisco, CA 1984;
    "Maxfield Parrish," La Galeria, San Francisco, CA, 1984-1985;
    "Maxfield Parrish Revisited," Alma Gilbert Gallery, Burlingame, CA 1990;
    "The Art of Maxfield Parrish", Simic Galleries, Beverly Hills, CA 1994;
    "Cornish Colony Centennial Celebration," Cornish Colony Museum, Cornish, NH 1998-1999;
    "Maxfield Parrish, 1870-1966", Four museum venues: Pennsylvania Academy of Art, Philadelphia, PA; Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH; Syracuse Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY; Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY, 1999-2000;
    "Maxfield Parrish: Master of Make-Believe", National Exhibition, six museum venues: Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach, CA; Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV; San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA; Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah, GA; Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, AL; Memphis Brooks Museum, Memphis, TN; 2005-2006;
    "Coming Home: A Retrospective Exhibit," Cornish Colony Museum, Windsor VT 2006.

    Alma Gilbert, Maxfield Parrish: The Poster Book, (Pomegranate Press. Rohnert Park, CA, 1990).
    Alma Gilbert, Maxfield Parrish: The Masterwork,. Eds. 1-3, (Tenspeed Press, Berkeley, CA, 1992-2002).
    William Holland and Douglas Congdon-Martin, The Collectible Maxfield Parrish, (Schiffer Pub. Ltd. 1993).
    Alma Gilbert, Maxfield Parrish: The Poster Book, (Tenspeed Press, Berkeley, CA, 1996).
    Coy Ludwig, Maxfield Parrish, (New York, 1973), cat. #291.
    Sylvia Yount, Maxfield Parrish: 1870-1966, Exhibit Catalogue, (Abrams, NY. 1999).
    Alma Gilbert-Smith, Maxfield Parrish: Master of Make-Believe, Exhibit Catalogue, Trust for Museum Exhibitions, Washington, DC 2005.

    More information about MAXFIELD PARRISH, also known as Parrish, Maxfield, Maxfield Parrish, Parrish, F. Maxfield, Parrish, Maxfield Frederick.

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