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 Charles H. Parsons  (1821 - 1910)

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Lived/Active: New York/California      Known for: marine lithographs, illustrations, topography

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Charles H Parsons
from Auction House Records.
The American Sidewheel Steamboat "Ocean"
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
From England, Charles Parsons came to America at age nine and grew up in New York City where he became a noted lithographer, having apprenticed to George Endicott in 1833.  From 1854 to 1862, he produced most of Endicatt's marine lithographs and also thirty for Currier and Ives. In 1863, he became the head art director for Harper's and held that position until 1889, when he retired.

It is written that "at Harper's", he assembled one of the most talented teams of illustrators in publishing history", including Winslow Homer, Edwin Austin Abbey, Charles Reinhart, and Howard Pyle.

He also continued to do work for Currier and Ives. He was also an early champion of watercolor.

Who Was Who in American Art
by Peter Falk

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in Hampshire, England on May 8, 1821. Parsons immigrated to NYC with his family in 1830. At age 12 he was an apprentice of lithographer George Endicott. After 1861 he did many lithographs for Currier & Ives and headed Harper's art department until 1889. While in San Francisco in 1878, he sketched a view of the city while visiting with old friends Britton & Rey. Parsons died at his home in Brooklyn, NY on Nov. 9, 1910. Member: ANA; American WC Society. In: Bancroft Library (UC Berkeley); Society of Calif. Pioneers.
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
New York Historical Society's Dictionary of Artists in America (Groce, George C. and David H. Wallace); Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs, et Graveurs (Bénézit, E); Artists of the American West (Samuels); Antiques, March 1971; California State Library (Sacramento); Some Treasures of the Bancroft Library.
Nearly 20,000 biographies can be found in Artists in California 1786-1940 by Edan Hughes and is available for sale ($150). For a full book description and order information please click here.

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