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  • Maxfield Parrish


    Maxfield Parrish (July 25, 1870 – March 30, 1966) was an American painter and illustrator active in the first half of the 20th century. He is known for his distinctive saturated hues and idealized neo-classical imagery. His career spanned fifty years and was wildly successful: his painting Daybreak is the most popular art print of the 20th century.

  • Maxfield Parrish (clothing)


    Maxfield Parrish was a British fashion brand founded by Nigel Preston in the early 1970s. With an international reputation – especially for its work in leathers – it was selected as part of the Dress of the Year in 1982.

  • Brown & Bigelow


    Brown & Bigelow is a publishing company based in Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States. It sells branded apparel and promotional merchandise. The company was founded in 1896 by Herbert Huse Bigelow and Hiram Brown. In 1925 Brown & Bigelow began a tradition by publishing calendars for the Boy Scouts of America, many of which were illustrated by Norman Rockwell. In 1969, as a tribute to Rockwell's 75th year birthday that year, officials of Brown & Bigelow and the Boy Scouts of America asked Rockwell to paint a self-portrait for the calendar (pictured below).Beyond the Easel, Norman Rockwell's self-portrait with five Boy Scouts for Brown & Bigelow's 1969 Boy Scouts of America calendar C. M. Coolidge from his Dogs Playing Poker series On June 24, 1924, Bigelow was convicted for tax evasion, fined $10,000, and sentenced to 2 years in Leavenworth Prison where he became friends with Morris Rudensky, infamous safe-cracker. Bigelow also became close friends with inmate Charlie Ward, so close that Bigelow promised Ward a job upon his release. On April 13, 1928, President Calvin Coolidge pardoned Bigelow. Other sources indicate that Bigelow was sentenced to 3 years and served for 8 months. The company was also notable for the development of prototype convict rehabilitation programs through the hiring of hundreds of ex-convicts. In 1936 then-president Charlie Ward paid the large amount of $10,000 to Maxfield Parrish for exclusive rights to his work Peaceful Valley. Brown and Bigelow also published art, including works by Cassius Marcellus Coolidge (his 16-painting Dogs Playing Poker series), Rolf Armstrong, Gil Elvgren, Earl Moran, Vaughn Alden Bass, Mabel Rollins Harris, Douglass Crockwell, Norman Rockwell and Zoë Mozert. In the late 1940s, it was one of the biggest calendar printers in the world, employing some of the United States' best pin-up artists and putting calendars into an estimated 50 million homes.

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