Harrison Fisher (1875-1934) showed an early interest in drawing and from the age of six was instructed by his father, a landscape painter. When his family moved from Brooklyn to San Francisco, Fisher studied at the Mark Hopkins Institute of Art, and began to make drawings for San Francisco newspapers. Soon after returning to New York, he was hired as a staff artist by Puck magazine. He became noted for his ability to draw beautiful women, and his "Fisher girl" became a rival to those of Gibson and Christy. The American Girl was a favorite theme for the magazines then, and Fisher did cover illustrations for all of them. For many years he was under an exclusive contract to do covers for Cosmopolitan, and he was much sought after for private portraiture. The monochromatic, carefully painted moonlit scene offered here, done by Fisher in mid-career (1910), is typical of the romantic nature of his work, which today commands high prices.

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