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HENRIETTA RIDDELL FISH (1856-1925) rare landscape painting by listed California artist
A peaceful landscape painting on board, of the sun setting over a small lake or pond surrounded by trees, 12 1/4" by 18 1/2" (14 3/4" by 21" framed), signed at lower right by the listed California woman artist HENRIETTA RIDDELL FISH (1856-1925). The work likely dates to the early years of the twentieth century. Riddell according to the Hughes listing was born in Benicia, CA on Dec. 8, 1856. Her parents had come to California with the Gold Rush and settled in Benicia northeast of the San Francisco Bay area (when it was briefly the state's capital). She graduated from Benicia's Young Ladies Seminary in 1872 and taught there in 1879-80. By the 1890s she was the wife of Frank W. Fish. On the family estate in Benicia she kept an assortment of exotic pets such as snakes, alligators, and peacocks. Mrs. Fish studied art in San Francisco at the School of Design and was active in the art world there until her death on May 8, 1925. Eden Hughes in his dictionary of California artists described her works, including portraits and landscapes, as "rare". Exh: Mechanics' Inst. (SF), 1878-94; San Francisco Art Association, 1885; Calif. Women's Bldg, World's Columbian Expo (Chicago), 1893. The painting has normal light soiling seen on antique paintings but otherwise is in sound condition.
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