He was born on January 1, 1896 in Claysville, Pennsylvania to a Baptist minister and later attended Carnegie Institute of Technology. He was known for landscapes and portraits. In 1937 he married Helen Louise Gallagher (1897–1984), a school teacher who had modelled for many of his paintings. His brother, Evans Parcell, was a magazine illustrator. He died on March 25, 1987.
- "Malcolm Parcell Again Takes Institute's "Popular" Trophy". New York Times. December 1, 1925. Retrieved 2009-08-10.
- "Malcolm Parcell, Landscape Painter". Associated Press. March 27, 1987. Retrieved 2009-08-10.
- "Artist Parcell Weds School Teacher Model". The Charleroi Mail. August 16, 1937.
- "Malcolm Stevens Parcell". AskArt. Retrieved 2009-08-10.
- Two exhibition catalogs featuring Parcell from The Metropolitan Museum of Art Libraries (fully available online as PDF)
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