[CURRIER & IVES pub.] PALMER, F. F. (1812-1876)
View on Long Island. N. Y.
New York: Currier & Ives, 1857. Large folio, Hand-colored lithograph. Image size (including text): 17 x 21" (sight). Bird's-eye maple with gold liner, French mat. 28 3/4 x 32 3/4"
A fine example of Fanny Palmer's work
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. Her story was not uncommon for Victorian wives, who were expected to keep house and be supported by their husbands. She however pursued a career in England and eventually in America, virtually supporting her family as her husband sank deeper into alcoholism and then supporting it in fact when he fell to his death on a hotel stairway in 1857.
This view on Long Island is not so much a topographical view as it is a view of what life was like on a small Long Island farm just prior to the Civil War. The exact location is not known, but undoubtedly western Long Island. It is a happy, prosperous vision of farm life in America with family owned lands. A small, meandering river supplies a nearby mill with power. The land and its people are self-sufficient.
Conningham 6437, Gale 6954.