Born in Missouri in 1843, William Samuel Parrott came west with his family to Oregon in 1847, and moved with them to Washington in 1859. By 1867 he had established himself as a painter in Portland, where he would maintain a studio for twenty years
Parrott painted throughout the West from California to Idaho, but is best known for his paintings of the major peaks in the Cascade Mountains, especially Mount Hood, which became his specialty. Another well known Oregon painter, Eliza Rosanna Barchus, who would also specialize in depictions of Mount Hood, took lessons from Parrott in Portland in the early 1880s, shortly before embarking on her own professional career.
William H. Gerdts in “Art Across America: Two Centuries of Regional Painting, 1710-1920” refers to Parrott as “a landscape painter of considerable merit”. He notes that one of his paintings of Washington’s Mt. Rainier, nine feet wide, was reported in 1873 as the largest picture painted in Oregon up to that time.
Braarud Fine Art is interested in all works by W. S. Parrott, particularly small mountain paintings.
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