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JESSIE FISKEN (1860-1935) American watercolor painting signed portrait

JESSIE FISKEN (1860-1935) American watercolor painting signed portrait

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Directory: Fine Art: Paintings: Watercolor: Pre 1920: Item # 1426196
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A circa 1910 watercolor painting of a blue-eyed young girl wearing a light yellow dress, a bow in her red-blonde hair, signed at lower right by Scottish-born, American artist JESSIE FISKEN (1860-1935). Fisken was born in Helensburg, Scotland and came to America with her parents and five siblings in 1888, apparently to the Seattle area (the way paved by her father's brother). By 1890 she was already listed as an artist. Portraits and miniatures are known by her hand. The 20" by 17" work (24" by 20 1/2" in period wood frame), possibly a commissioned piece for a client, is very nicely developed. Fisken most certainly was talented, handling the features, dress and decorative background (possibly floral wallpaper) with skill. Note photo of reverse showing the age of the paper. Some photos are a bit too light. The actual work is not faded. A beautiful work that would fetch a higher price were it by a highly known artist.