Robert Andrew Parker, 96, Dies; Prolific Magazine and Book Illustrator

Robert Andrew Parker, a prolific watercolorist whose impressionistic paintings illustrated books, album covers and magazines for nearly 70 years, and who continued to work into his 90s even though his vision was diminished by macular degeneration, died on Dec. 27 at his home in West Cornwall, Conn. He was 96.

His daughter-in-law Shantal Riley Parker confirmed the death.

Mr. Parker’s watercolors have a loose, fluid style that Print magazine said in 2013 achieved “maximum effects with minimal amounts of detail.”

He painted monkeys and landscapes, imaginary battle scenes and spectators under umbrellas at the Masters golf tournament, circus elephants dancing a ballet and Duke Ellington conducting his orchestra at the Newport Jazz Festival.

His work appeared in books, many of them for children, and in magazines like Fortune, Esquire, Time, The New Yorker and Sports Illustrated. He also sold watercolors for the fine art market.

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