of A Thousand Girls", Harrison Fisher showed an early interest in
drawing and from the age of six was instructed by his father, Hugh
Antoine Fisher, a landscape painter. When his family moved from Brooklyn
to San Francisco, Harrison studied there at the Mark Hopkins Institute
of Art. At sixteen, Fisher had begun to make drawings for the San
Francisco Call and later for the Examiner.
Soon after returning to New York, Fisher sold two sketches to Puck
Magazine which also hired him as a staff artist. He became noted for
his ability to draw beautiful women, and his Fisher Girls became rivals
to those of Gibson and Christy. The American Girl was a favorite theme
for the magazine then, and Fisher did cover illustrations for most of
them. For many years he was under an exclusive contract to do covers for
Cosmopolitan, but eventually he restricted himself to painting
portraits including many actresses and theatrical personalities. Walt
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