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Frankllin and Henrietta Riddell Fish decorating their home Henrietta Riddell Fish 1856 - 1925 Home of Henrietta Riddell Fish and her husband Franklin
Henrietta Riddle Fish Marsh Sunset Midsized Thumbnail
Marsh Sunset, c 1885
Left ... Henrietta and her husband Franklin Fish pose for a photo while Henrietta decorates the stairway of their home with draped fishnetting. This photo was taken in the 1890's.

Right ... the Fish home in Benicia, built by Franklin and Henrietta circa 1890. This photo dates from 1960, as it has a 50-star flag. Today, the home is featured as part of the historic center of Benicia.

Native Californian, Henrietta Riddle Fish was an exceptionally gifted landscape painter.

She was born in 1856 in Benicia, the town which briefly served as California's capitol, located where the Sacramento River flows into San Francisco Bay. Henrietta's parents came to California during the Gold Rush in 1849, and remained to raise their family. She graduated from Benicia's Young Ladies Seminary. In later years, the school moved to Oakland and is now known as St. Mary's College. Henrietta taught at the Young Ladies Seminary briefly in 1879-1880. At that time, she kept exotic pets on the family estate such as snakes, alligators, and peacocks.

She pursued her art studies at the School of Design in San Francisco, and remained active in the art world painting landscapes and portraits until her death in 1925. She exhibited her work at the Mechanic's Institute in San Francisco between 1878 - 1894. Her work was also exhibited at the Women's Building at the World's Columbian Exhibition in Chicago in 1893.

Sources : Artists in California 1786 - 1940, Edan Milton Hughes, 3d ed., Riddell Fish House ... Historic American Building's Survey, National Architectural and Engineering Record, National Park Service, Department of the Interior.

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