The Song of Hiawatha


(The Fisher Hiawatha)

Publisher/Date: Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1906, Indianapolis
Decorations by E. Stetson Crawford
Illustrated in full color
Popular Edition, 8vo, cloth, boxed; net, $1.00
De Luxe Edition, 9vo, leather, boxed; net, $4.00

The Harrison Fisher Book

Publisher/Date: New York, C. Scribner's sons, 1907
Introduction by James B. Carrington.
Description: 7 p.l., 49 pl. (9 col.; incl. front.) port. 29 cm.
Large 8vo, pp. 112.
$3.00 Net.
The black-and-white plates are printed on both sides.

A Dream of Fair Women

Publisher/Date: The Bobbs-Merrill Co., Indianapolis: First edition 1907
Grossett & Dunlap, New York, (Reprint Edition) 1907.
Decorations by E. Stetson Crawford.
Hardcover. Large 8vo. pp. 140. Unpaginated.
Brown cloth binding w/illustrated cover and gold stamping. Series of superb drawings in color, each portrayed in Mr. Fisher's most brilliant manner. Each is inspired by a popular poem.
Size seven by ten inches. Boxed, Net $3.00 postpaid.

American Beauties

Publisher/Date: Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1907.
Grossett & Dunlap, New York, (Reprint Edition), November, 1909.
Contains lavish decorative frames by E. Stetson Crawford on each text page.
The publisher used 3 different book cover inlays, and 2 colors of cloth binding, green and burnt orange. Frontispiece and 20 full-page color plates.
Original terra cotta cloth, quarto (9 x11.5 inches), unpaginated (90pp). Decorative presentation box
The publisher originally sold the art book for $3.00.

Bachelor Belles

Publisher/Date: Dodd, Mead & Company, New York, October, 1908 (First Edition)
Grossett & Dunlap, New York, (Reprint Edition)
Number of Bookplates:   Color: 22 (First Edition)   Color: 19 (Reprint Edition)
The art book sold for $3.00

American Girl Abroad

American Girls Abroad, 1909

[American Girls In Miniature][1912]

Ladies Home Journal Magazine, 1909

Japan (May)
England (Jun)
Ireland (Jul)
Italy (Aug)
France (Sep)
Netherlands (Oct)

The American Girl

Foreword by James B. Carrington.
Publisher/Date: Charles Scribner's Sons, November 20, 1909
Number of Bookplates: Color 12; B/W 1 (The Artist)
Images: Titled
Charles Scribner's Sons printed 5,500 copies and sold the art book for $3.50.

Garden of Girls

Publisher/Date: Dodd, Mead Company, New York, 1910.
Decorations by Theodore Brown Hapgood
Length 68 pages: 9.5x13.5”
16 tipped-in color bookplates and one bw. (The Artist)

Pictures In Color

Publisher/Date: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1910
12.25x17.5" hardcover
16 color book plates and one bw bookplate (The Artist)
Scribner’s Published 9,700 copies of large folio format book.
Sold for $3.50

American Belles

Publisher/Date: Dodd, Mead & Company, New York, 1911
[64] p. illus., 16 col, mounted pl. (incl. front) 34 cm;
$3.50 net.
Contains full-page pictures in color, a collection of love ballads by Herrick to Dora Sigerson Shorter, with pen drawings on pages by Mr. Fisher and decorations by Bertha Stuart.

Webmaster Note: Poems comprise the major content.
Fair Americans

Publisher/Date: Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1911. First Edition
[90] pages of plates: ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm.
In this book is collected his more recent work in color and black and white.

Maidens Fair

Publisher/Date: Dodd, Mead & Company, New York., October 19, 1912; 2c. October 23, 1912.
Many full-page illustrations with decorative borders, head and tail pieces, by T. B. Hapgood.
63 p. Illus., 16 mounted col. pl. (incl. front) 33½cm. (9¼ x 13 inches.)
Boxed, net, $3.50. Postage 27c. extra.

American Girls In Miniature

Publisher/Date: Charles Scribner's Sons New York, August 24, 1912; 2c. August 28, 1912
Printed in New York, by American Colortype Company
Number of Bookplates:   Color: 32   B&W: 1 (The Artist)
Physical Description: 3 p. l., 32 col. pl., port. 20 cm.
21,130 copies printed and sold for $.75

Includes: The Greatest Periods of a Girls' Life
Features: American Girls Abroad

The Little Gift Book

Publisher/Date: Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1913.
Description [34] leaves: all col. ill.; 25 cm.
$1.25 net.
In this volume are gathered together many of the best-known of Harrison Fisher's pictures as well as some new ones.




Publisher/Date: Dodd, Mead & Company, New York., 1913
Decorations by Theodore B. Hapgood
Number of Bookplates, 16
Decorative Box
The publisher originally sold the art book for $3.50.

A Girls Life

Publisher/Date: Charles Scribner's Sons, September 6, 1913.
Number of Bookplates 16
6,250 copies printed.
$3.50 net.
A large collection of the artist's most representative pictures in colors.
Includes: The Greatest Periods of a Girls' Life

Published: Dodd, Mead & Company, New York
Decoratiive Drawings by Theodore Brown Hapgood
Additional Copyrights by: The Curtis Publishing Co., The International Magazine Co. (Hearst), The Star Co.

Six Senses

The Six Senses

June 8, 1915

American Sunday Monthly Magazine

Sense of Sight, The First Meeting

Sense of Smell, Falling in Love

Sense of Taste, Making Progress

Sense of Hearing, Anxious Moments

Sense of Touch, To Love and Cherishpadding

Common Sense, The Greatest Joy

Harrison Fisher

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The Father of a Thousand Girls

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The Work of Harrison Fisher

There is no more enviable position in the world of art to-day than that of the successful illustrator, and yet but few of his kind will acknowledge the fact. Every illustrator wants to be a painter.
To be courted by publishers, to have one's name upon the lips of a nation, to be pointed out in public places as a familiar figure -- for these things men have foregone all the pleasures of existence, have led hermit lives, have denied themselves love and friends and family; the road to contemporary renown is strewn with the bleached bones of those who have striven and failed. But fame and ducats make the common lot of the clever illustrator. The magazines and "best sellers" have made it possible for the illustrative artist to live in his own house, to have his "gentleman's gentleman," and to turn down what line of work may not meet his full favor. The noted illustrator is king-pin in the art-alley, and his income measures up with that of bank-presidents, senators, promoters, and the ever-opulent plumber.
At the top of the heap stands Harrison Fisher -- creator of the Fisher girl and most popular of all Americans who ply brush and pencil for reproduction.
By reason of his industry and because of the uniform soundness of his drawing and color-sense he is the acknowledged master of the pretty-girl picture. In the midst of his increasing prestige he has remained cool of head and unperturbed by flattery and a flood of checks. With the ever-pressing temptation to loaf and invite his soul he has kept himself manacled to his easel. He works like a unit of the chain-gang; he toils and moils at his stint of drawing while lesser men frivol away the splendid hours and their rich opportunities. He is the very pattern of industry, the living exemplar of a Ben Franklin maxim, a copybook precept in trousers. He loves work as a mandrill loves peanuts.
Of course your average illustrator yearns with a terrible yearning to "create " an American-girl type of his very, very own, and of course he or she (it is more often a she than a he) doesn't get any nearer creation than a watery copying of the big men -- Gibson, Christy, Flagg, and Fisher. And there's a reason -- if anything a tyro does can be called reasonable; the reason lies in the beginner's utter want of individuality. This vacuum, coupled with poor eyesight -- the kind that sees but doesn't understand or analyze -- and a cut-and-dried method of drawing, make for a product that is both unpleasant and unmarketable. All kinds of people see all kinds of things in all kinds of ways; a yellow dog or a sunset do not look the same to any two persons, especially if the persons be artists. It is the draftsman who makes a beautiful woman look beautiful to a majority of persons who wins applause and money. Harrison Fisher possesses the knack, and for knack you may read knowledge.
Like all worth-while art the drawings of Fisher are the essence of simplicity. The Venus de Milo is simple; Whistler's portrait of his mother is a simple scheme of form and color; Rembrandt and Hals and Velasquez got their effects with astounding simplicity of style. From the masters Fisher has taken his cue and pinned to paper lastingly the beauties of our day and generation with a maximum effect and a minimum expenditure of visible effort. But back of the simple result is the soul-torturing struggle, the nice discrimination, the strength of will to leave out non-essentials. The art of elimination is the highest art; what to leave out is of as great importance as what to put in. When Harrison Fisher finds himself teasing a drawing into the semblance of a photograph he destroys the drawing. He knows by instinct, if not by psychological analysis, that an overwrought picture is worse than no picture at all. And it takes nerve to throw away the labor of an entire day and begin all over again. If a census were taken among the best artists with a view to establishing the number of destroyed drawings and paintings in comparison with those given to the world over signature it would be found that the latter fall more than half below the number of the former. That is why the best artists are the best.
It has been estimated that Mr. Fisher has turned out of hand more than a thousand studies of the American girl, and it is safe to say that at least half that number were drawn twice over before they were satisfactory to their maker. There never was an artist with a keener conscience than this man Fisher; he pleases his patrons easily, but he finds it difficult to please himself. He is an inexorable self-critic, and there you have the secret of his vogue in a word.