Description: Attractive young woman at formal
Caption: “The Debutante”
Publication information: Originally created for
the book Pictures in Color (published
in 1910) as plate #1. The image was also
used, with the background figures obscured, as the cover for Ladies'
Home Journal of September 1910. Also reproduced in
full in Fair Americans (published in
1911) as plate #36. Published internationally too as a postcard
Literature: “The Complete Works of Harrison
Fisher Illustrator” by Naomi Welch, published in 1999.
Medium: Watercolor and gouache on board
Size: 25.5 x 19.5”
Signature: Signed and dated center right.
Condition: Board somewhat wavy especially at
top center, area of foxing at upper center, a couple drips that
have effected color of woman's dress which should be clearly visible
in the photos. Should be easy to remedy. Overall good for its age,
Comment: Fisher was a master of a couple important
aspects of the creation of success in the field of American illustration
during his heyday.... He painted pictures that people liked and
liked well enough to keep looking at them after they were finished
with the book or the magazine... and... he was great at promoting
what could be called the shelf-life of his images. This image,
sometimes appearing in a somewhat altered format, was used at least
five times... each resulting in a paycheck for the illustrator.
If you have access to the Naomi Welch book, be sure to read the
few pages that discuss Margery Allwork, the model.