Maxfield Parrish Illustrated Letters to Henry Bancroft, 1883-1909

Maxfield Parrish (1870-1966) was an American artist and illustrator known for his prints and paintings of whimsical mythological scenes. Parrish was a prolific illustrator, whose work appeared in Collier’s, Scribner’s, Harper’s Weekly, Life, and Ladies’ Home Journal. He also illustrated books and advertisements as well as created posters and murals.

This collection consists of 34 letters and postcards written and illustrated by Parrish to his cousin, Henry Bancroft, between 1883 and 1909. Series I contains 18 illustrated letters and postcards from Parrish’s trip to Europe as a teenager. Series II contains 15 letters and postcards written between 1902 and 1909 and a drawing by Parrish’s son, Dillwyn.