Daniel Sprague Parkhurst 1831-1907 (born Connecticut 1831; died 29 November, 1907 in Providence, Rhode Island)
Daniel Sprague Parkhurst was born in Connecticut in 1831, and lived most of his life in Providence, Rhode Island. He married Harriet M Wheeler October 20, 1856, and was in partnership with Charles Pabodie as engravers Pabodie & Parkhurst, 1857-58. So far not much is known of his earlier training or later career, but his large painting dated 1870 of Mt. Washington from Ellis River, 20 x 36, is highly accomplished. Although his work is rare, he is esteemed as one of the White Mountains painters of the era. This appealing autumn vista is contemporary with those of well-known luminists, or second generation of the Hudson River School, and consistent with their style. Another painting he is known to have done is of Franconia Mountains from Crawford Notch, 14 x 22. He died 29 Nov. 1907 in Providence, age 76, having survived his wife by 16 years.
His older son Edward C., born 8 July 1862, took his bride Mary on a mountain climbing honeymoon up Mt Adams, New Hampshire. She is said to have barely made it, but later took up the sport too. He also became a dedicated photographer in his later years, making annual winter trips to the White Mountains up to age 78; he died 5 May, 1958, age 95. The younger son, born in 1864, had died before his first birthday, and Edward's obituary did not mention any other direct descendants who might have more information on Daniel's career. Also, the Providence Art Club, founded 1880, does not show Daniel S Parkhurst as a member.
Daniel S Parkhurst is listed in Catherine Campbell's definitive book on White Mountain Artists, New Hampshire Scenery, and in Who Was Who in American Art, edited by Peter Hastings Falk. Credit for other research assistance: the staff of the archives for the Providence Journal, currently located at the Providence Library.
Submitted by Cornelia C Moynihan, Moynihan Fine Art.