CURRIER & IVES [pub.]
New York: Currier & Ives, 152 Nassau Street, nd (c. 1860]. Hand-colored lithograph. Small folio. Framed. Image size (including text): 9 1/4 x 12 5/8", sight. Bird's-eye maple frame with gold liner, French mat. 19 1/2 x 23 1/4"
Provenance: Americana Collection Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette
Classic small folio Currier & Ives hunting print
This nice, small format Currier & Ives was probably drawn by Fanny Palmer, who did the majority of the popular shooting scenes. There was rarely an artist attribution on the small folio issues.
"Woodland scene: two hunters to left, three dogs barking up at three squirrels in tree.
Nineteenth-century gentlemen often hunted squirrels for sport and food. It was also referred to as barking off squirrels. Hunters had to be careful to kill the rodents so that the bullets from the rifle would not destroy the meat. In order to accomplish this, the rifleman would shoot directly underneath the squirrel and the explosion would kill the animal. Many hunters used their dogs to assist in the pursuit." (Springfield Museums Collection description)