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Make Believe World of Maxfield Parrish, The

Make Believe World of Maxfield Parrish, The
Alma Gilbert

In 1978, to coincide with the recent opening of The Maxfield Parrish Museum, I suggested to Les Allen Ferry, a devoted Parrish collector, that a compilation of some of the photographs that Parrish had done of Sue Lewin might be assembled in a small book, showing the photographic images and the paintings that emerged from them. I had The Believe World of Sue Lewin published to raise funds for the non-profit museum. This book is an expansion of that initial modest effort, with a more comprehensive record of Sue and Parrish’s relationship.

Then and now, I am grateful to Mrs. Betty Skillen, Sue’s niece and executrix of her estate, who so graciously allowed me to use the glass slides that Parrish gave Sue of the many photographs he took of her. I’m also grateful for the cooperation of Warren Westgate, Sue’s cousin, who fortunately was very interested in photography, geneology and history. Sadly, he passed away in November, 1989, the month I completed this manuscript.

Without Betty and Warren’s help, recollections and memories, this book would not have been possible. I always will be indebted to them and to Sue Lewin, whose unstinting love and devotion to Maxfield Parrish inspired this book.  ---A.M.G.

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