WHEN NATURE PAINTED ALL THINGS GAY
By ALFRED PARSONS


WHEN NATURE PAINTED ALL THINGS GAY
BY ALFRED PARSONS, R.A (1847-1920)
IN THE TATE GALLERY, LONDON

Although Alfred Parsons was born and bred in England, much of his work is so associated with America that in one authoritative treatise on art it is classified in the American section.

He was born in 1847 at Beckington, in Somerset, and was educated privately. He began life on his own account as a clerk in the Savings Bank department of the Post Office, but after two years as a Civil Servant turned his attention seriously to painting. His work falls into two main divisions; the one his illustrations of literary masterpieces such as those which appeared in Harper's Magazine, the other his landscape pictures. He collaborated with the late E.A. Abbey, R.A., in illustrating Herrick's Poems, "She Stoops to Conquer," and old songs, and on his own account he illustrated Wordsworth sonnets. Special exhibitions have been held of his paintings of scenery on the Warwickshire Avon, gardens, and Japanese flowers. He also wrote and illustrated a work on Japan, and produced with the late F.D. Millet pictures of the Danube from the Black Forest to the Black Sea. His work was a feature of such exhibitions as those of the Grosvenor Gallery and the New Gallery, and also of the Royal Academy, of which he became an associate in 1897 and a full member in 1911.

The present picture is the sole example of his work in the National Collection, and was acquired by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest in 1887, the year in which it was exhibited at the Royal Academy.

From the book "Famous Paintings" printed in 1913.

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Works of Alfred Parsons
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" Bredon-on-the-Avon"
by Parsons at art.com

Online book containing Alfred Parsons
begins on page 79


Famous Paintings in this Series





James Archer
My Great Grandmother


Bashkirtseff
The Meeting


Bouguereau
Charity


John Brett
From the Dorsetshire Cliffs


Arnesby Brown
The River Bank


Joseph Clark
Mother's Darling


John Constable
The Hay-Wain


Jean Baptiste Camille
Corot
The Fisherman's Hut


Jean Baptiste Camille
Corot
A Flood


Leonardo Da Vinci
Monna Lisa


Edouard Detaille
The Dream


Henri Fantin-Latour
Flowers


Thomas Gainsborough
Queen Charlotte


Thomas Gainsborough
The Market Cart


Jean Baptiste Greuze
The Head of a Girl


Jean Baptiste Greuze
Fidelity


James Clark Hook
Home With the Tide


Alfred William Hunt
Windsor Castle


Josef Israels
The Shipwrecked Mariner


B.W. Leader
The Stream in Summer-time


Madame Vigee Le Brun
Portrait of the Artist

Alphonse Legros
A Canal With a Fisherman


Anton Mauve
Watering Horses


J.L.E. Meissonier
The Cavalier


Sir J.E. Millais
Speak! Speak!


Sir J.E. Mallais
My First Sermon


George Morland
The Reckoning


George Morland
The Inside of a Stable


Murillo
The Immaculate Conception
of the Virgin


Alfred Parsons
When Nature Painted
All Things Gay


Ralph Peacock
The Sisters


Rembrandt
Syndics of the
Cloth Merchants' Guild


Guido Reni
"Ecce Homo"


Sir Joshua Reynolds
Portrait of Mrs. Richard Hoare
With Her Infant Son


Briton Riviere
The Temptation
in the Wilderness


Dante Gabriel
Rossetti
Day Dreams


John Singer Sargent
Miss Ellen Terry
as Lady Macbeth


Lady Stanley
(Dorothy Tennant)
His First Offence


Jan Steen
Grace Before Meat


Marcus Stone
On the Road from
Waterloo to Paris


Constant Troyon
Watering Cattle


H.S. Tuke
"All Hands to the Pumps"


Velazquez
King Philip IV. of Spain


S.E. Waller
Sweethearts and Wives


Thomas Webster
The Smile

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Famous Paintings Volume 2
Art Gallery

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