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Dear Stuart,
 I believe that I have an original Harrison Fisher watercolor signed and dated 1908.  It is of a girl and her horse. It measures 9x7, and it appears to be in excellent condition. Also in the same frame are two sperate pictures of horse heads, one on either side of the Fisher.  The frame appears to be original.  I'm not sure if the side horse pictures are also from him. They do have letters on them that could be "VON" or "YON". Any information would be greatly appreciated or if you know of someone in NH that could take a look at it, yourself included, please let me know.  Thank you.

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Best known for his "Girls"...like "Gibson Girls" Harrison's renderings of beautiful young women appeared in many national publications.  I don't know anything about the side pictures.  His signature is a rather elaborate full named signature, so it is easily recognizable....horizontal swooshes and such.  His watercolor portraits have brought a wide range of prices at auction, depending largely on detail and elaborate nature of the subject.  Best to consult someone local who can aid you. Go see The Cobbs in Peterborough, or perhaps Ronald Bourgeault at Northeast Auctions in Portsmouth.  


Here is some background info found online....
"When he died in 1934, George M. Cohan delivered Fisher’s eulogy. Harrison Fisher’s estate was valued at $297,061, excluding real estate in Westport, Connecticut and California. The paintings were valued very low as it was explained that illustrations had already been paid for and were published and therefore “are practically of very little value”. Fisher himself believed that they had little resale value. Some one hundred and thirteen pictures were appraised at $565 and fifty-three pen and ink drawings were valued at $159.

After his death, a relative kept a few paintings and burned over nine hundred of his remaining artworks, at his request."

Best of luck,
Stu

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American Fine Art Paintings.
Oils, Watercolors, Sketches. Nineteenth and early Twentieth Century. Hudson River School, Pennsylvania Academy, Cape Ann artists, Ash Can, Woodstock, Florida Indian River, American Impressionists, etc. I can provide some background about artists and perhaps a rough appraisal or guidance towards obtaining a value. I am acquainted with many of the best American art dealers and auction houses. Original works only, I do not follow the print market. I do NOT field questions about prints.

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I am not expert in European art. I encourage you to send questions on European artists to other experts on this service. NO PRINTS:I encourage you to seek help on prints elsewhere. Two sites come to mind: www.artoftheprint.com and www.philaprintshop.com

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I have been collecting original American Fine Art for over 20 years. I have curated art shows, and I have served as a dealer, providing appraisals and guidance for the last 8 years.

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Bachelor of Arts Master of Business Administration

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