PALMER, Frances F. (lithographer)
Staten Island and the Narrows: from Fort Hamilton
New York: Currier and Ives, 152 Nassau Street, 1861. Hand-coloured lithograph. Very good condition. Image size (including text): 15 3/4 x 20 1/8 inches. Sheet size: 19 1/4 x 23 3/4 inches.
A wonderful view of New York, with Staten Island seen in the distance.
In the foreground, a man, woman and child stand on the bank of Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn, while horse-drawn carriages ride along the shore. Fort Lafayette, sits on a small island in the the middle-ground.
Frances Flora Bond Palmer, known as Fanny, worked for Nathaniel Currier for more 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.
Gale, Currier & Ives, a catalogue raisonné , 6123; Conningham (1970) 5715.