1908 BECK PRIZE Check SIGNED by Maxfield Parrish. This is a wonderful opportunity for the Maxfield Parrish collector / specialist to acquire TWO, incredible and UNIQUE pieces of historical memorabilia by the beloved American painter / illustrator. ITEM # 1 outstanding AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED (ALS) by Maxfield Parrish , dated April 1901 and addressed to the renowned Colonial Revival Architect Frank Chateau Brown. Letter is written entirely in the hand of Parrish and SIGNED by him at the conclusion with SUPERB content explaining the original ORIGIN of his particular style of LETTERING , that is to say the distinctive formation of the letters in the modern English alphabet that he used in his written correspondence.
Also included is the ORIGINAL mailing envelope, with an APRIL 8TH 1908 postmark. Letter was written from Saranac Lake: N. And reads in full , Dear Sir: I thank you for your invitation to contribute an alphabet to your book.In fact I copy them as exactly as possible from some drawings I once made of an alphabet I once saw in some German publication I forget just what it was The series was not made by Durer but by some one of his school. And as I said above, the letters I use are in no way my own, as I slavishly copy them to the best of my ability. Yours truly Maxfield Parrish (signed). Which Parrish received from the Academy for winning the 1908 watercolor prize (for best work in the exhibition) for his painting titled Landing of the Brazen Boatman.
The 1908 sixth annual watercolor exhibition was held in co-operation with the Philadelphia Water Color Club. The Philadelphia Water Color Club, organized in 1900, held its annual exhibition in November and December at the Pennsylvania Academy. Check is dated December 4th 1908 and was drawn on the Academys account at the Girard Trust Company in Philadelphia.
Check is boldly endorsed (signed / autographed) on the backside by Maxfield Parrish, with the following writing in his own hand as well - For deposit in the Windsor County Trust Co: Windsor: Vermont. This AWARD for the Beck Prize was one of just two cash prizes Parrish received during his lifetime. The check is also SIGNED along the bottom by THREE officers of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts - John Frederick Lewis??
The BECK PRIZE was funded thru the generosity of Charles Beck Jr. And other winners included artists Joseph Lindon Smith, Henry McCarter, Elizabeth Shippen Green, Ernest L. Wyeth, Jessie Willcox Smith, W. Aylward, Jules Guerin, and Thornton Oakley. MAXFIELD PARRISH (1870 1966) was an American painter / illustrator who was born into a Quaker family in Philadelphia with the given name of Frederick Parrish.
However, he later changed his middle name to Maxfield, after his paternal grandmothers maiden name, and thereafter used it as his professional name. He was active from the early to mid-1900s and best known for a distinctive artistic style, featuring rich saturated hues and idealized neo-classical imagery. Parrish exhibited early artistic ability as a child. His family travelled to England, Italy and France from 1884 86, exposing the young teenager to Old Master paintings and old world architecture.
He studied at the Paris school of Dr. Kornemann and attended Haverford College for two years, beginning in 1888, where he studied architecture. From 1892 95, Parrish furthered his formal education in art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, studying under the tutelage of artists Robert Vonnoh and Thomas Pollock Anshutz.He also attended the Drexel Institute of Art, Science, and Industry. His artistic career spanned more than fifty years, and he greatly influenced the Golden Age of illustration and American visual arts. Parrish produced more than 900 pieces of art during his lifetime, including calendars, greeting cards, magazine covers, and other assorted works. His painting Daybreak (1922) is considered the most popular art print of the 20th century. CONDITION: letter measures about 7 ¾ x 10 1/8 inches in size and is in SUPERB, original condition with very dark writing and a bold signature.
There are two light vertical folds and one horizontal fold, but NO rips / tears or other issues to note. The mailing envelope itself measures about 3 ½ x 6 ¼ inches in size and has a couple small edge tears along the right side, below the cachet. There is also a very small piece of the mailing flap missing along the top (see scans).
The bank check, meanwhile, measures about 3 ¼ x 8 inches in size and is in EXCELLENT overall condition with dark writing and bold signatures. The signature / autograph of Maxfield Parrish on BOTH items are guaranteed authentic. Please let me know if you have any additional questions. We have not had a package turn up lost in well over 25 years, though one package went rogue about 15 years ago but eventually turned up. Everything we sell is packaged with the utmost care.The comments are often the best packaging I have ever seen, bullet proof packaging, etc. The item "EXTRAORDINARY Maxfield Parrish SIGNED Items, BECK PRIZE Check + AUTOGRAPH letter" is in sale since Thursday, August 1, 2019. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Autographs\Historical". The seller is "doctorhoward" and is located in Massachusetts.
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