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Alarums and Excursions


Maxfield Parrish

(American, 1870-1966)

Brush and black and gray wash, with white gouache, over graphite, framing lines in pen and black ink

Support: Beige wove paper

Sheet: 37.5 x 24.8 cm (14 3/4 x 9 3/4 in.); Image: 27.9 x 17.7 cm (11 x 6 15/16 in.)

Bequest of James Parmelee 1940.723


One of the most popular illustrators of all time, Maxfield Parrish produced posters and illustrations that were circulated in the millions. His designs combine meticulous realism with a strange sense of whimsy and fantasy. In June 1899, he made this fanciful sheet to illustrate a children's book, Kenneth Grahame's The Golden Age.

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