Still Life

Claude Raguet Hirst (American, 1855-1942): Still Life with “Poems by Cowper” (Gouache and watercolor on board) – Hirst soon became known for her depictions of a “gentleman’s table,” complete with pipe, tobacco and well-worn books… Although Hirst has been nicknamed “the female Harnett,” she developed her own distinct style. In particular, whereas Harnett treated books mostly as props and compositional devices, Hirst centers worn volumes in the foreground as if inviting the viewer to enter the scene…



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