February 2nd, 2008 by Tina
Name: October
Artist: Maxfield Parrish
Year: 1897
Size: 25″ x 17 1/2″
Model: Lydia Austin (later Mrs. Parrish)
Purpose: Scribner’s magazine cover competition

A girl in a flowing toga-like garb sits holding a lap full of grapes and other fruit. Behind her trees frame a round setting sun.

Parrish painted October and submitted it to a competition held by Scribner’s for their May and August 1898 covers. Parrish was one of about 20 artists asked to compete. Finally published on the cover of Scribner’s Magazine, October 1900.

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