Maxfield Parrish

Study for Daybreak

This is a rare photo of a Maxfield Parrish preparatory sketch for Daybreak, where he was working out the positioning and proportions of the figures, mountains, columns and branches. Notice the third figure, which he eliminated, possible because of the inability to incorporate it into his design scheme. ( pencil layout lines can bee seen throughout this sketch) 


Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he was the son of painter and etcher Stephen Parrish. He began drawing for his own amusement as a child. His given name was Frederick Parrish but he later adopted the maiden name of his paternal grandmother, Maxfield, as his middle name, and later as his professional name. His father was an engraver and landscape artist, and young Parrish's parents encouraged his talent. He attended Haverford College, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and Drexel Institute of Art. He entered into an artistic career that lasted for more than half a century, and which helped shape the Golden Age of illustration and the future of American visual arts.