Then one of the most famous Etchers
during America’s ‘Etching Revival’ :
Today the “Rediscovered American Etcher”
Parrish, Stephen Windsor (Philadelphia 1846 – Cornish, New Hampshire, 1938). An Old Farm near the Sea (Niles Farm, Cape Ann). Low tide at the bay of a flat, sparsely overgrown coast opening to the right, dominated to the left by a large dark rock. Small stage reaching into the bay, beyond a property. Etching printed in brown over an ochre tone plate. (1881.) Inscribed: · S.Parrish · (ligated) / 44 (in reverse), otherwise in etched typography in the platemark: Orig. Radierung von St. Parrish. / Druck der Gesellschaft f. vervielf. Kunst in Wien. 9⅝ × 14 in (24.5 × 35.5 cm).
Schneider 44. – Only at the age of 31 Parrish, pupil of i. a. Peter Moran and father of Frederick Maxfield P., finally turned to the arts, “like a duck to water”, so he himself years later. Just about the time when America’s artists discovered the art of etching for themselves:
“ Even America has a small prehistory of modern art of etching. In the ’80s and ’90s of the previous century there was a promising heyday … a number of names appear the collector has to watch and which he may pay attention to if he comes across.
“ Almost only pure landscape works come into question … I would like to mention further … Stephen Parrish … All these stand the comparison with their European colleagues ”
During the following 11 years Parrish worked especially landscapes and marine views of the American Northeast and Canada as well as of England and France:
“ Parrish quickly found his best subject matter in the landscape of Eastern North America, particularly the harbors and villages of New England and Canada. As a leading critic wrote in 1883: ‘Mr. Stephen Parrish, whom I should put … in the very first rank of our … etchers, and who is the most popular of them all … is especially associated with seaboard scenes. Our ragged fisher-villages, with their rocky foundations and primitive vessels, have found in him a first and most clear-voiced interpreter’. ”
So the introduction to the 1999 rediscovery exhibition “Stephen Parrish: Rediscovered American Etcher” in the Woodmere Art Museum in Philadelphia. – On toned strong laid paper.
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