London, May 24, 1886

Illustrated letter from Maxfield Parrish to Henry Bancroft, London, May 24, 1886

This is the last of the letters from Europe, detailing their transport from Paris, via Calais, to Dover on a paddle wheel steamer and then by car on to London. The Parrishs would go on to Liverpool where they boarded the “Great Eastern” ocean liner for their final leg home to Philadelphia. The joy and expectation of returning home is clear when Parrish writes on the following page: “This old city [London] looked very dingy and smoky after the bright and gay Paris that we’ve been used to, but as we are on our way home I don’t care what it looks like.”

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