Discovery of the Pacific Northwest Series
From the Parker McAllister Collection
About Parker McAllister
Parker McAllister, born in 1903 in Massachussetts, was a Seattle Times artist from 1924 to 1965.
McAllister started his career as an illustrator at 14 for a Spokane publication; he joined the staff at the Seattle Times in 1920. His first Sunday magazine cover was a poster-type illustration celebrating the University of Washington crew races in spring 1924.
During McAllister's career, he created illustrations depicting "local color" events and situations now routinely handled by photographers. As the technology improved, he expanded his repertoire—he illustrated articles, drew covers for special sections and the weekly Seattle Sunday Times Magazine, and drew diagrams, comics, cartoons, and portraits for the Times' editorial page.
In 1956, an exhibition of his watercolor and oil paintings of Pacific Northwest scenes and historical incidents—including some paintings from the "Discovery of the Pacific Northwest" series—were exhibited at the Washington State Historical Society Museum in Tacoma. He was also a member of the Puget Sound Group of Men Painters.
McAllister retired from the Seattle Times in 1960; he passed away in Arizona in 1970.