Day’s End is the only print by Parr to depict camp life, and our search of published drawings revealed no examples of similar drawings by the artist. While there might be similarly themed works in archives somewhere, we can assume that they must be as rare as ptarmigans’ teeth.
Day’s End is surely one of Parr’s most endearing print images. It presents an interesting aerial x-ray view inside a rectangular-shaped igloo that is divided into sections, including a sleeping platform that, charmingly, has been depicted rather too small to accommodate the three reclining figures. We can assume that the family is sleeping, even though all three seem to be staring at us! The father slumbers within reaching distance of his rifle, but presumably the family can rest easy knowing that they have plenty of food – a captured walrus and seal lie outside. Only the dog seems alert and restless.
Day’s Endis reproduced in Maija M. Lutz, Hunters, Carvers, and Collectors: The Chauncey C. Nash Collection of Inuit Art (Cambridge, MA: Peabody Museum Press, Harvard University, 2012) pl. 24, p. 71.