CURRIER & IVES [pub.]
Wild Turkey Shooting
New York: Currier & Ives, 125 Nassau Street, nd (c. 1873]. Hand-colored lithograph. Small folio. Framed. Image size (including text): 9 1/4 x 12 5/8", sight. Walnut frame, French mat. 19 1/4 x 22 5/8 inches.
Classic small folio Currier & Ives shooting print
Wild Turkey Shooting, probably drawn and lithographed by Fanny Palmer, was on the original "Currier & Ives Best Fifty Small Folio" list of 1933. It was # 14. It is a wonderful moment, prior to the actual shooting, when the two hunters very quietly and cautiously prepare. Wild turkeys are notoriously hard to shoot.
Fanny Palmer (1812-1876) was the first woman in the United States to work as a professional artist, and to make a living with her art. She produced more Currier and Ives' prints than any other artist, and she was the only female in a business that was dominated by men. Painting was not considered a suitable occupation for a woman, nor was lithography. She is responsible for many of the popular shooting scenes, though there was no artist's attribution on small folio prints.