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F. Scott Fitzgerald 1896–1940
Handsome, socially ebullient, and intellectually vivacious, F. Scott Fitzgerald embodied the spirit of the Roaring Twenties. He staked his claim as the voice of his generation with his first novel, This Side of Paradise (1920), and later with The Great Gatsby (1925). In late 1926, Fitzgerald was invited to create a movie script in Hollywood. Harrison Fisher captures his self-assurance and boyish good looks as he arrived in California. Fitzgerald's stay in Hollywood would be marred by drunken antics that tarnished his reputation. After eight weeks, his screenplay was rejected. Before heading back east, he and Zelda pushed their hotel furniture into a pile in the middle of the room, leaving their unpaid bills on top.

The popular heir of celebrated artist Charles Dana Gibson, Fisher was widely sought after as a magazine illustrator and society portraitist. The artist detailed Fitzgerald's high forehead, wavy hair, and mouth with rich conté crayon. "The mouth," wrote Ernest Hemingway about Fitzgerald, "worried you until you knew him and then it worried you more."

Harrison Fisher (1877–1934)
Sanguine conté crayon and white paint on paperboard, 1927
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of his daughter, Mrs. Scottie Smith
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