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HARRISON FISHER. "The Study Hour (The College Girl at Her Studies)." Illustration for the College Girls series, first published in The Ladies' Home Journal, April 1908, and subsequently reprinted in books and advertisements (see note). Watercolor, graphite, and wash on board. 660x470 mm; 26x18 1/2 inches (image) on 30x23 inch-board. Signed in full by Fisher, lower left. Tipped to matte and framed. Some staining and surface marks. Accompanied by a tear sheet from The Ladies' Home Journal.
Fisher's illustrations of American life, and especially his young women, were among the most beloved and popular of commercial imagery. The College Girls is the first in a series he created for "The Ladies' Home Journal," and Sunday newspaper supplements. Charles Scribner's Sons reprinted many of the images for his books, and this painting bears the publisher's name in pencil in the lower margin. The Study Hour was appeared in their "The American Girl (1909), again in "Fair Americans" (1911) and in a product advertisement for Occident Flour. Welch: pages 60 (#7), 87 (#63), 230 (#3).
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