1870 - 1966
ROMANCE: AUCASSIN SEEKS FOR NICOLETTE
signed Maxfield Parrish (lower left), initialed M. P and dated 1903 (lower right); also signed again, inscribed Castle Creek Hot Spring/Yavapai Co./Arizona./1903. and with the poem Romance by A.M. Davies Ogden (on the original backing board)
oil on paper laid down on board by the artist
26 by 18 inches
(66 by 45.7 cm)
The following condition report has been provided by Simon Parkes, Simon Parkes Art Conservation, Inc. 502 East 74th St. New York, NY 212-734-3920, email@example.com, an independent restorer who is not an employee of Sotheby's.
This work is in beautiful condition. The panel is flat and the paint layer is stable. The work is clean and the varnish may even be original. There are no retouches visible either under ultraviolet light or to the naked eye. The milkiness visible under ultraviolet light corresponds to an original toned varnish applied by the artist. The signature was added by the artist in the lower left after this tone was applied. The signature fluoresces strongly, but it is original. There are a few tiny dark marks visible under ultraviolet light in the center of the right side, which are not retouches. The painting should be hung as is.
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Alice S. Frosst, Montreal, Canada, circa 1950 (acquired from the above)
Private collection (by descent; sold: Sotheby's, New York, May 19, 2004, lot 174)
Acquired by the present owner at the above sale
Scribner's Magazine, vol. XXXIV, no. 1, July 1903, frontispiece illustration
Coy Ludwig, Maxfield Parrish, New York, 1973, no. 307, pp. 105, 212
Paul W. Skeeters, Maxfield Parrish: The Early Years 1893-1930, Secaucus, New Jersey, 1973, p. 140, illustrated p. 141
William Holland and Douglas Cogden Martin, The Collectible Maxfield Parrish, Atglen, Pennsylvania, 1993, p. 105
Laurence S. Cutler, Judy Goffman Cutler, and the National Museum of American Illustration, Maxfield Parrish and the American Imagists, Edison, New Jersey, 2004, p. 229, vintage print illustrated p. 118
Erwin Flacks, Identification and Price Guide of Maxfield Parrish, Portland, Oregon, 2007, p. 183
Maxfield Parrish painted Romance: Aucassin Seeks for Nicolette for the frontispiece of Scribner's Magazine in July 1903 to illustrate the poem "Romance" by A.M. Davies Ogden. In preparation for this illustration, Maxfield Parrish constructed a detailed model of the distant castle. "Just as Maxfield Parrish enjoyed making paper cutouts as a child," explains Coy Ludwig, "he also passed many pleasant hours making wooden models of buildings which served as backgrounds for the great pageants performed by his cast of paper characters...The artist applied his experience in making architectural models to his painting technique by making wooden models of the buildings (real and imaginary) that he intended to paint. The architectural models were illuminated with the desired effects of light and shadow and photographed in the studio. The glass-plate photographs were then used by the artist in laying out the composition" (Maxfield Parrish, New York, 1973, p. 200).
Romance: Aucassin Seeks for Nicolette was the first painting by Parrish that Scribner's reproduced in the form of a commercial art print. According to Laurence S. Cutler and Judy Goffman Cutler, "Many tried to collect art prints before they became generally available. Books were torn apart, magazines cannibalized and anything in color was framed and hung on the wall. Scribner's began to offer Maxfield Parrish prints in 1903, the first being Aucassin Seeks for Nicolette" (Maxfield Parrish and the American Imagists, Edison, New Jersey, 2004, p. 229).