The Old Print Shop

Charles Parsons


Charles Parsons was an American watercolorist and lithographer. Born in Rowland's Castle, England, Parsons became an apprentice to George Endicott of Endicott & Co. as a teenager in New York. He learned the process of lithography through them and would create many wonderful images for both Endicott and Currier & Ives before being hired as an art direct for Harper's Weekly in 1863, a position he held until 1889. While best known for his handsome marine scenes, Parsons also produced railroad scenes and areal views of American towns and cities.