• "Harrison Fisher"
  • "The Father of a Thousand Girls"

-- Dorothy Gibson: In 1909 she started posing for commercial artist Harrison Fisher, becoming one of his favorite models. Her image appeared regularly on magazine covers, posters, postcards, and in book illustrations over the next three years.

-- Margery Allwork modeled for Mr. Fisher for over twenty years.

-- Jeanne Robert Foster [Poet]: (Christened Julia Elizabeth Oliver, she was known by her penname), who beame the leading model, known as the "Fisher Girl." Chosen the Harrison Fisher Girl of 1903, and his sketch of her sitting on a swing was the October 1903 cover of Ladies Home Journal. Illustrations showed her playing tennis or golf, or frolicking at the beach (with no bathing cap, of course, so that the grand locks of hair would never be imprisoned). In one picture for which Jeanne modeled, 'A Modern Eve', a smiling young woman is tempting her man with a preshly picked apple. She was depicted as Jane Cable in illustrations for George Barr MCCutcheon's novel of the same name.

Marion Davies: Her beauty was noticed by the famous illustrator Howard Chandler Christy. He painted her as "Morning." Other famous illustrators and artists of the period sought Marion out to be their model as well: Harrison Fisher, Montgomery Flagg, Haskell Coffin, Penrhyn Stanlaws, Nell Brinkley, and Hamilton King.

-- Olive Thomas: Before stumbling into the nascent motion picture industry, she was a model for artists Harrison Fisher and Charles Dana Gibson.

Isabelle Rogers Finch
Published: November 12, 1981: Isabelle Rogers Finch, who was in a World War I recruiting poster for the Navy, died Monday in a Long Island nursing home. She was 82 years old and lived in Port Washington, L.I. Under her maiden name, Isabelle Rogers, she had been an artists' model, posing for James Montgomery Flagg, Charles Dana Gibson, Harrison Fisher and Howard Chandler Christy.

-- Martha Ehrlich/Early/Mansfield: Commercial photographer Alfred Cheney Johnson took more than 300 photos of her, and she was a favorite of illustrator Harrison Fisher. She was born Martha Ehrlich in Mansfield, Ohio (thus her stage name). Billed as Martha Early; co-starred with Max Linder in three movies, all 1917. She starred in 28 films. Ehrlich, Early, or Mansfield -- makes her hard to pin down.

-- Alice Joyce: ...by the age of 13 Alice was working as a telephone operator. Business was slow during the summers, so she turned to modeling, and her striking looks soon made her in demand among some of the top commercial artists of the day.

-- Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald: Harrison Fisher's portrait, freely drawn with crayon, may reflect the tension he perceived in Zelda Fitzgerald. Fisher depicted her in profile, emphasizing the structure of her nose and chin, and diverting her "hawk's eyes" away from the viewer. Energetic, almost chaotic lines layered over her torso convey her passion and perhaps even her delicate mental state. Despite outrageous behavior, Zelda was widely praised for her spontaneity, intellect, and dignity. The angular features that made Zelda Sayre a stunning beauty when F. Scott Fitzgerald married her in 1920 are accentuated. Fisher, who also drew Scott Fitzgerald, must have been attracted not only to her beauty but to her enigmatic character. Anxious to compete with her husband's success, Zelda pursued numerous creative avenues of her own? ballet, painting and drawing, and writing. None of these efforts met with the recognition she craved.

-- F. Scott Fitzgerald: Handsome, socially ebullient, and intellectually vivacious, F. Scott Fitzgerald embodied the spirit of the Roaring Twenties. He staked his claim as the voice of his generation with his first novel, This Side of Paradise (1920), and later with The Great Gatsby (1925). In late 1926, Fitzgerald was invited to create a movie script in Hollywood. Harrison Fisher captures his self-assurance and boyish good looks as he arrived in California. Fitzgerald's stay in Hollywood would be marred by drunken antics that tarnished his reputation. After eight weeks, his screenplay was rejected. Before heading back east, he and Zelda pushed their hotel furniture into a pile in the middle of the room, leaving their unpaid bills on top. The artist detailed Fitzgerald's high forehead, wavy hair, and mouth with rich cont? crayon. "The mouth," wrote Ernest Hemingway about Fitzgerald, "worried you until you knew him and then it worried you more."

-- Among the prominent stage, film, musical, and literary portraits he painted were: Billie Burke, Marguerite Clark, George Cohan, Jan Cowl, Marion Davies, Mr. & Mrs. Scott Fitzgerald, Elsie Ferguson, Helen Hamilton, Justine Johnston, Alice Joyce, Bessie Love, Pola Negri, Anna Nielson, Julia Sanderson, and Olive Thomas. Olive Pickford (Jack Pickford) [Mary and Lottie Pickford's brother.]


In his heydey, was called the "King of Magazine-Cover Artists." Embodied the beauty of the American Woman and many of his illustrations were reproduced for postcards by Reinthal and Newman. Very popular and beautiful. His work much in demand!

The Fisher Girl: Harrison Fisher was another popular illustrator who specialized in depictions of beautiful women. Like the Gibson Girl, the "Fisher Girl" was aristocratic, confident, and stylish, and her image eventually supplanted the Gibson Girl as the embodiment of the "New Woman". Fisher continued to develop the idea of the pin-up as a kind of everywoman, and he aligned her with the identity of the nation through such volumes as American Beauties.

Illustration with 4 Different Titles: Preparing to Conquer, The Make-up, Behind the Scenes, or Nellie Deluth. Sunbonnet Girl, Girl of the Golden West (Model Rita Rasmussen)


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