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Maxfield Parrish
THE READING OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE 
Estimate
350,000450,000
LOT SOLD. 396,500 USD
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64
Maxfield Parrish
THE READING OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE 
Estimate
350,000450,000
LOT SOLD. 396,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

American Art

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New York

Maxfield Parrish
1870 - 1966
THE READING OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE 
signed with initials M P (lower left)
oil on paper mounted on board by the artist
19 by 16 inches
(48.3 by 40.6 cm)
Painted in 1905. 
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Provenance

American Illustrators Gallery, New York
Private collection, 2005 (acquired from the above; sold: Christie's, New York, May 20, 2010, lot 105, illustrated)
Acquired by the present owner at the above sale

Literature

Collier's, July 1, 1905, illustrated on the cover
Coy Ludwig, Maxfield Parrish, New York, 1973, no. 401, p. 208 (as Independent Number)
Paul W. Skeeters, Maxfield Parrish: The Early Years 1893-1930, Secaucus, New Jersey, 1973, illustrated p. 321
Erwin Flacks, Identification and Price Guide of Maxfield Parrish, Portland, Oregon, 2007, p. 129

Catalogue Note

Maxfield Parrish executed The Reading of Declaration of Independence for the July 1905 cover of Collier’s magazine, then one of the most popular publications in the United States. Parrish began his career in 1895 at age 25 as a commercial artist, painting images for advertisements, posters and book illustrations, in addition to magazine covers. Parrish became highly regarded in his profession and signed an exclusive 6-year contract with the publication in 1904. The agreement ensured him a fee of $1,250 a month and he retained ownership of all the original paintings used as cover images. In addition to providing financial stability, this arrangement also proved beneficial for Parrish artistically, as the requirement to create within the bounds of the magazine's particular format challenged the limits of his creativity. Parrish’s beautifully detailed and delightful image of King George III of England reading the Declaration of Independence exemplifies the compelling style and content Parrish applied to his most successful commercial endeavors.

American Art

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