Anne Harriet Fish
27 March 1890
|Died||10 October 1964 (aged 74)|
|Occupation||Cartoonist and illustrator|
|Spouse(s)||Walter William Sefton|
Fish was born in Horfield in Bristol in 1890 before her family moved to London. She became a cartoonist and illustrator after studying with C. M. Q. Orchardson, George Belcher and John Hassall. She went to work for the publisher John Lane. Her debut work was creating cartoons for Stephen Leacock's humorous book "Behind the Beyond".
In total, Fish contributed to American Vanity Fair, Vogue, The Sketch, Eve, Punch, and Tatler. Her work was compared to Aubrey Bearsdley although Fish noted that she did not see his work until after the comparison had been made. Her illustrations for the "Letters of Eve" in The Tatler spawned films, theatre and three books. The costumes imagined for Phyllis Dare when she played Eve at the Adelphi Theatre were said to have influenced ladies fashions. Gladys Emma Peto created drawings for "The letters of Phrynette" in The Sketch. This was so similar to "Letters of Eve" that there was a court case.
Fish was the illustrator of "Eve" until 1920 and after that the character continued to appear in Pan magazine illustrated by Jo White and later Dolly Tree. In 1922 she illustrated a luxury edition of Edward Fitzgerald's Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.
- Mark Bryant, ‘Fish, (Harriet) Annie (1890–1964)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, May 2006 accessed 7 April 2017
- Streeten, Nicola; Tate, Cath (2018). The inking woman: 250 years of women cartoon and comic artists in Britain. Oxford: Myriad Editions. p. 22. ISBN 978-0-9955900-8-3. OCLC 1007312174.
- pseud FOWL (1919). The Third Eve Book. Drawings by Fish. Written and Designed by Fowl. Reproduced from ... "The Tatler.". London, New York.
- Lucinda Gosling (2 June 2014). Great War Britain: The First World War at Home. History Press. p. 196. ISBN 978-0-7509-5731-1.
- Denis Gifford (1 April 2016). British Film Catalogue: Two Volume Set - The Fiction Film/The Non-Fiction Film. Routledge. p. 242. ISBN 978-1-317-74063-6.
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