Harper's 1911 Story Illustration
Layng the Ghost Pipe by James B. Connolly
Long affiliated with The Saturday Evening Post (nearly 50 years), he did dozens of covers and much story art, most notably the long-running Tug-Boat Annie and with maritime painting, Fischer was more versatile than depicting the sail and dreadnaughts when given a chance. Still, he's best known for painting the sea, her beauty and her dangers (whether hurricanes or U-Boats). It's no surprise that his oils graced such titles as The Cruise of the Cachalot: Round the World After Sperm Whales, Treasure Island, The Mutineers, 20000 Leagues Under the Sea, The Dark Frigate, Moby Dick, and his own written work, Focs'le Days: A story of My Youth. His daughter, Katrina Sigsbee Fischer, wrote a biography on the artist: Anton Otto Fischer Marine Artist His Life and Work (1984) that's worth seeking out. Fischer also did illustrations for Harper's, Everybody's Magazine, Life, The Metropolitan, Cosmopolitan, Scribner's. One of his longest advertising series was for the totally land-based, A and P markets. His works hang in many naval venues in the USA.