The opening page of this letter introduces two motifs Parrish will continue to use in his correspondence with Henry Bancroft. The first is an artist seated on an oversized bench beginning to paint on the billboard also seen on this page. The artist holds his palette in his left hand and rests his paint brush against a maulstick, a stick used by painters as a steadying rest for their hand while working. The other motif is caricatured African children and their activities. Notice that the animal heading for the boy on the bicycle is a smiling pig.
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