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Nancy Winslow Parker Listed Illustrator (NYC 1933- 2014) "Landscape in Yellows & Greens" Oil on Canvas Ca 1980


Nancy Winslow Parker Listed Illustrator (NYC 1933- 2014) "Landscape in Yellows & Greens" Oil on Canvas Ca 1980

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Description: Nancy Winslow Parker Listed Illustrator (NYC 1933- 2014) "Landscape in Yellows & Greens"  Oil on Canvas Ca 1980

Measures: 27 X 30  image;  33.5 x 38  artist framed some nicks, minor paint loss on frame inset

Condition: Very good ; minor cracquelure, some minor paint loss on edges

 Signed: Lower Left

Shipping : $50

Provenance : Nancy Winslow Parker Manasquan Estate


Nancy Winslow Parker


From the time she was in kindergarten, Nancy Winslow Parker knew she would be an artist.  Nancy Parker was born in Maplewood, New Jersey, October 18, 1930. Daughter of Winslow Aurelius and Beatrice (Gauntt) Parker.  She graduated from Maplewood's Columbia High School and Mills College (Class of 1952) where she majored in art and continued her education at the Art Students League and School of Visual Arts in New York. (She is the great-granddaughter of Jefferson Gauntt a noted portrait painter of the early 19th century.)


 “Back in New York City, and for twenty years, I slaved in the giant corporations of America. There is no aspect of publicity, sales promotion, or public relations that I do not know and understand. One day I said good-bye forever to filing cabinets, time clocks, desks, red tape, company politics, and windowless rooms, and I entered the world of children's books as an author and illustrator.” She lived most of her life in New York City on East 74th Street, only steps away from the Frick, the Whitney, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art and not far from the New York Public Library and the New York Historical Society. Living in New York, she said, was "like being a chocoholic in a candy store."

Her sculptures consisted of large, wooden constructions, mostly of houses meticulously assembled and furnished inside and out. In her paintings, the houses float in surreal space. A painting of the Morro Castle recalled the 1934 shipwreck whose burned hull could still be seen from the boardwalk at Asbury Park when she was a girl.

A prolific author and illustrator of children's books, she recalled that it took 88 rejections before The Man with the Take-Apart Head was published by Dodd, Mead & Company in 1974. She considered it her "parting shot to the workaday world of time clocks, lunch hours, boring work, and paycheck bondage." It had taken her 20 years to break free of the corporate world and plunge, like Alice, down the rabbit hole of her imagination. Her books were often autobiographical. Poofy Loves Company is a tale about a dog who steals a cookie out of the hand of a little girl. Poofy was the son of Mimi-Gladys, a pedigreed bichon-frise and one of the first two dogs of that breed in the United States. Her cat came into her life some years later. The book Puddums: the Cathcarts' Orange Cat, inspired by the antics of her niece Becky's cat, was so popular that it was translated into French.
A two-year-old's infatuation with pill bugs and crickets became Bugs (1987), a project that combined silly rhymes like "What made Nick's dog sick? A tick." with each bug's Latin name and a precise scientific description. The editor at Greenwillow Books insisted that she consult an entomologist at the N.Y. Museum of Natural History. He made her redraw every bug down to the number of hairs on its legs. "What a mixture! Who would want our book? It turned out that everyone, especially children, did," she recalled in an essay written in Something about the Author Autobiography Series.

Many of Nancy Parker's carefully researched illustrations and stories reflected her passion for American history and technology. Her children's books have won several awards, including the Christopher Award and the American Library Association Notable Book. Parker insists that her illustrations and stories have one characteristic in common: they are all done in the spirit of fun.

Recalling how children loved rhymed couplets (as in Mother Goose), she brought history, art, and poetry together in Paul Revere's Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Greenwillow, 1985) and Barbara Frietchie by John Greenleaf Whittier (Greenwillow, 1981). She wrote and illustrated a total of 20 children's books and another 30 books by other authors, notably John Langstaff and Janet Yolen. A series she illustrated by Shirley Neitzel celebrated events in a child's life like visiting grandmother while they taught children to read.


Nancy Winslow Parker died in 2015 in Lakewood, New Jersey, close to her summer home in Mantoloking on the Jersey Shore.


Museum Collections:

Collection Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers

Brooklyn Museum

Mills College in Oakland, California

University of Southern Mississippi

University of Minnesota



* The Man with the Take-Apart Head, Dodd (New York, NY), 1974.
* The Party at the Old Farm, Atheneum (New York, NY), 1975.
* Mrs. Wilson Wanders Off, Dodd (New York, NY), 1976.
* Love from Uncle Clyde, Dodd (New York, NY), 1977.
* The Crocodile under Louis Finneberg's Bed, Dodd (New York, NY),
* The President's Cabinet (nonfiction), Parents Magazine Press
(New York, NY), 1978, revised edition, HarperCollins (New York, NY),
* The Ordeal of Byron B. Blackbear, Dodd (New York, NY), 1979.
* Puddums, the Cathcarts' Orange Cat, Atheneum (New York, NY),
* Poofy Loves Company, Dodd (New York, NY), 1980.
* The Spotted Dog, Dodd (New York, NY), 1980.
* The President's Car (nonfiction), Crowell (New York, NY), 1981.
* Cooper, the McNallys' Big Black Dog, Dodd (New York, NY), 1981.
* Love from Aunt Betty, Dodd (New York, NY), 1983.
* Christmas Camel, Dodd (New York, NY), 1983.
* The United Nations from A to Z, Dodd (New York, NY), 1985.
* (With others) Bugs, Greenwillow Press (New York, NY), 1987.
* (With others) Frogs, Toads, Lizards, and Salamanders,
Greenwillow Press (New York, NY), 1990.
* Working Frog, Greenwillow Press (New York, NY), 1992.
* Money, Money, Money: The Meaning of the Art and Symbols on
United States Paper Currency, Greenwillow Press (New York, NY), 1995.
* Locks, Crocs, and Skeeters: The Story of the Panama Canal,
Greenwillow Press (New York, NY), 1996.
* Land Ho! Fifty Glorious Years in the Age of Exploration with
Twelve Important Explorers, Greenwillow Press (New York, NY), 2001.
* Organs! How They Work Fall Apart and Can Be Replaced
(Gasp!) Greenwillow Books, 2009


*Courtesy NY Society Library,,  Something About the Author, Vol. 132, p. 175-177,,


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