CURRIER & IVES (publishers) - After Francis F. PALMER (1812-1876)
The Mountain Spring. Near Cozzen's Dock, West Point
New York: Currier & Ives, 1862. Hand-coloured lithograph. Very good condition apart from a few small tears in the top margin and several light water stains in the margins, one of which slightly extends into the top of the image. Slight discolouration of the paper due to age. Image size (including text): 12 1/8 x 15 5/8 inches. Sheet size: 13 7/8 x 17 7/8 inches.
A scenic, tranquil landscape in upstate New York with a small glimpse of the Hudson River visible through the foliage between the two rocky outcroppings bordering the dirt road.
Frances Flora Bond Palmer, known as Fanny, worked for Nathaniel Currier for over than twenty-five years. She was, according to Gloria Deak, "the foremost woman lithographer of her time" ( Picturing America , 647). Born and raised in England by a cultivated family, she was already an accomplished painter and lithographer when she came to America in 1844, at which time she exhibited two works at the National Academy of Design. By 1849, she was working for Currier producing landscapes and still lifes. She lithographed these prints herself usually after her own sketches.
Cf. Gale, Currier & Ives: A Catalogue Raisonné (1984), vol. 1, 4611.