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Maxfield Frederick Parrish

 (1870 - 1966)
Maxfield Frederick Parrish was active/lived in New Hampshire.  Maxfield Parrish is known for Illustration-romanticized scenes, mural painting.

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Artist Bulletins for Maxfield Frederick Parrish

4 archived bulletin(s) below.    (Note:  Bulletins are no longer updatable as of 2015.)

Maxfield F. Parrish
Danielle Hewitt (11/16/2008)
I have a picture from Maxfied Parrish called Harvest. A guy holding a farming tool(scycle). Yellow background. 8x11 in an old looking frame. What can you tell me?

Return of stolen works
Alma Gilbert-Smith (06/01/2006)
Both works are now on display together, along with almost one half of the National Parrish Exhibition that recentlty ended at the Cornish Colony Museum in Windsor, VT for the exhibit Coming Home! The Return of Maxfield Parrish.

Further information about thievery of Parrish paintings
Cornish Colony Museum (05/31/2006)
"Recovery of artwork has owner and Maxfield Parrish expert Alma Gilbert elated" By Malaika Fraley, STAFF WRITER Tuesday, July 20, 2004 -- SAN FRANCISCO -- At an upscale art gallery one recent Saturday, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. executive Jeff Joy flirted with the notion of buying an unsigned painting by Maxfield Parrish, a renowned 20th-century American artist whose work Joy started collecting two years ago. But with his daughter's wedding a month away, Joy decided he couldn't spend $50,000 on the piece, and accepted a book on Parrish from his wife as a consolation prize. He didn't expect to read that the same painting he had just admired, a 1942, 10-inch-by-10-inch oil titled Study for a River at Ascutney, had been stolen from the book's author in the 1980s. "They (the police) said we just trumped the FBI -- they've been looking for this painting for 19 years," Joy said, who led police to the painting last week. "I was so pumped up about it all weekend. I still am." The painting was taken in 1985 from Parrish expert and former Hillsborough resident Alma Gilbert's Union Square gallery, just two weeks after it had been stolen by -- and recovered from -- a man in drag who was captured in a foot chase. Columnist Herb Caen quipped at the time that it was the high heels that slowed him down, Gilbert said. It is the second Parrish painting stolen from Gilbert that's resurfaced in the Bay Area in recent years. Gilbert discovered Dingleton Farm, a 1952 small oil, stolen from her downtown San Mateo gallery in 1975, at an Alameda auction house in January 2003 after staff e-mailed her a photo of it to solicit her expertise. "That's the miracle, that they both came back," said Gilbert, who has written more than a dozen books on Parrish, lives in his home in New Hampshire, and is the founding director of a museum dedicated to his work. "I think their return is Parrish's gift to me, his way of saying 'thank you' for giving so much to maintain his memory." Dingleton Farm was returned to Gilbert after a police investigation and negotiations with the underwriter. Study for a River at Ascutney is in police custody; detectives got it Friday after serving a search warrant at the gallery that was selling it on consignment, according to Joy. The case is still under investigation. Joy saw it there by chance, after the gallery owner overheard him asking staff about Parrish and pulled the unsigned piece he suspected was a Parrish from the basement. Joy said he memorized the piece for 10 minutes before handing it back. "I never thought I would hold one (an original Parrish) in my hand, let alone have an opportunity to buy one," said Joy, who has a small collection of Parrish illustrations. For Gilbert, finding the second of two paintings stolen in her 30-year-plus career buying and selling Maxfield Parrish's work comes not a moment too soon. In October, she is retiring and closing her Cornish Colony Gallery & Museum. For her last hurrah, she will serve as curator for a traveling exhibit that kicks off in Palm Beach, Fla., in January. "That means I can show it at the national exhibit and then bring it home," Gilbert said. David Shillingford, director of marketing at the Art Loss Register in New York said there are still several works by Parrish listed as stolen. The most significant theft occurred in August 2002, when thieves cut through the roof of a West Hollywood gallery to steal two of six panels in Parrish's Gertrude Vanderbilt mural that measure 5 by 6 feet and are together valued at $5 million.

Stolen Maxfield Parrish Painting Resurfaces Afer 28 Years
Cornish Colony Museum (05/31/2006)
The following information is from The Windsor Chronicle (Vermont), February 6, 2003 Stolen Maxfield Parrish Painting Resurfaces Afer 28 Years An original Maxfield Parrish painting entitled Dingleton Farm resurfaced after being stolen from a gallery in San Mateo, California 28 years ago. On January 16, 2003, Alma Gilbert-Smith, director of the Cornish Colony Museum in Cornish, New Hampshire was contacted by the Auctions By the Bay Gallery in Alameda, California and asked to give some information about a work, which was brought into the auction house. Ms. Gilbert-Smith recognized the work as a Parrish painting that had been stolen from her Gallery in San Mateo 28 years earlier and never recovered. When recovered, the painting will be on view first at the Cornish Museum, which specializes in works by Parrish, and later with the National Exhibit of Parrish that begins next year (2004) and will be curated by Gilbert-Smith. Ms. Gilbert-Smith announced that "After 28 years in hiding its beauty will once again glow for all its many viewers to enjoy."

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