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Portrait of Anna Scott Fisher

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Cecilia Beaux (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 5/1/1855 - 9/7/1942, Gloucester, Massachusetts)


Portrait of Anna Scott Fisher

Creation Date

ca. 1896-1898


late 19th century


45 1/2 in. x 29 9/16 in. (115.57 cm x 75.09 cm)

Object Type


Creation Place

North America, United States, Pennsylvania

Medium and Support

oil on canvas

Credit Line

Given to Bowdoin College by George Harrison Hart and Josephine Frazier Hart and Family


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Describing Cecilia Beaux, one critic wrote that she “is one of the few women whose work is not merely a reproduction of that of the artist from whom she received her art education.” Beaux’s portrait shows the young Anna Fisher in an introspective mood shortly before her marriage to William Hart. She placed her subject close to the picture plane in a pose that highlights the translucent fabric and cobalt accents of her gown. Contemporaries admired Beaux for her sympathy with her subjects. Fisher’s averted eyes and thoughtful expression give the portrait a psychological dimension uncommon in society portraiture of the period. This portrait was exhibited at the Universal Exposition in Paris in 1900, where Beaux was one of seven American painters awarded a gold medal.