Sarah Lindley Fisher (1785-1865)
29 1/2 x 24 1/2 in. (74.9 x 62.2 cm)
Medium and Support:
Oil on canvas
Gift of Michael T. Fox
See the interpretive label written by Sarah Seraphin, MSLS, CA, Rare Materials Librarian, Connelly Library
, for the exhibition Teaching and Learning in the Art Museum: La Salle University Faculty Selections
in the online exhibition HERE
William Logan Fisher (1781-1862) and his second wife, Sarah Lindley Fisher (1785-1865), lived at Wakefield, which was first the home of his parents Thomas Fisher (1741-1810) and Sarah Logan (1751-1796). Sarah Logan had inherited the northeastern portion of the Stenton Estate, which belonged to her grandfather James Logan, Secretary to William Penn; it was on this very land that Thomas Fisher built the Wakefield mansion in 1798. The house once stood at the northeast corner of Ogontz and Lindley Avenues, but was unfortunately destroyed by fire in 1985.
In 1807 William Logan Fisher inherited Wakefield estate from his father and lived there with his family. In 1826, Fisher purchased Belfield from neighbor Charles Willson Peale, and gifted the house to his daughter, Sarah Logan Fisher (1806-1891) upon her marriage to William Wister (1801-1881) that same year. Fisher’s son Thomas Rodman Fisher (1802-1861) built “Little Wakefield” in 1829, which still stands today on La Salle University campus as St. Mutien Hall.
Art Museum : 19 C Gallery