oil on canvas, 14” x 20”, signed lower left

Artist Biography

Born/lived: Cincinnati, OH; NYC.

Known: specialized in small still-life paintings, usually of old books and pipes in the trompe l’oeil style. She was unique as a trompe l’oeil painter in that she was the first woman of note to paint in this style. She especially delighted in painting crisp-looking pages and worn-leather bindings of old books, which appealed to viewers following the vogue of antique book collecting. Until the late 1880s, she painted still lives of flowers and fruit, but changed with the influence of William Harnett, noted trompe l’oeil still life painter, who set up a studio next to hers in New York City. She adopted his masculine subjects such as pipes and tobacco.

Studied: She began art studies at the Cincinnati Art Academy, then called the McMicken School, with Thomas Noble, and subsequently moved to New York and studied with Agnes Abbatt, George Smillie, and Charles Courtney Curran.

Member: National Association of Women Artists; New York Watercolor Club.

Exhibited: From 1882 to 1905, she exhibited with the National Academy of Design; Cincinnati Industrial Expo; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts; Art Institute of Chicago; Society of Independent Artists; National Association of Women Artists; Philadelphia Art Club; Boston Art Club.

Many people thought she was a man because she painted at a time when men dominated the art world. She used the name Claude instead of her given name of Claudine. She married William Crothers Fitler in 1901 but continued to exhibit by using her maiden name.

Painting Features

Artist First Name Claude (Claudine) Raguet
Artist Last Name Hirst
Artist's Dates 1855-1942
Materials oil on canvas
Markings signed lower left
Size 14” x 20”
Price contact gallery
Comments This painting is in excellent condition in a period frame, also in excellent condition.