Maxfield Parrish illustration from "Poems of Childhood" (1904): beautifully framed antique


With Trumpet and Drum
    Illustration for Poems of Childhood by Eugene Field
    Illustrations by Maxfield Parrish
    New York. Charles Scribner’s Sons. 1904.


  Image Size: H 9.375” x W 6.50”
    Matted & Framed:  H 15.375” x W 12.50”
    Framed Price: $195.00  
    Whiteglove handling and shipping approximately $25.00

The first book MP illustrated was Frank Baum’s Mother Goose in Prose in 1897. Its appearance coincided with Pyle’s announcement that he had nothing more to teach MP. Perhaps Pyle said this after persuading B-M to use the promising graphic designer to create the pictures for Baum’s fairy tale. Whether or not this was the state of the affair, the pictures MP created for Baum’s Mother Goose were a smashing success.

During the next two decades, MP illustrated several more books. After Mother Goose, he did an edition of Washington Irving’s Knickerbocker’s History of New York, which was published by R. H. Russell in 1900. This was followed by Kenneth Grahame’s two classic children’s fictions, The Golden Age and Dream Days. In these turn-of-the-century works, MP stepped into the fantasy world in which he remained for the rest of his long professional career.

Parrish biographer Coy Ludwig indicates that MP’s next book, Poems of Childhood, was the best known of all the books he illustrated. According to Ludwig, “the idea to have Parrish illustrate Field’s poems originated with Edward Bok at the Ladies’ Home Journal. When Bok commissioned him to paint his interpretations of five of the poems for the magazine, Charles Scribner’s Sons arranged to use the five illustrations in a single volume of Field’s poetry.” [Maxfield Parrish. 31.] “With Trumpet and Drum” appeared in black and white on the cover the July 1903 issue of the Ladies’ Home Journal. It was the first illustration in the Scribner’s 1904 edition, and Scribner produced it in color.

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