From Currier & Ives, The Old Oaken Bucket by Frances Flora Palmer, published in 1864.
Lithographed and published by Currier & Ives at 152 Nassau St., New York. Short closed tear along top edge, archival tissue repair. Printed on wove paper. Includes 2 stanzas and 4 lines of verse by Samuel T. Woodworth. Original artwork by Frances Flora Bond Palmer. Image measures 15 15/16 x 23 3/8. (Conningham 4576) In wood frame, not examined outside of frame. An attractive work.
When Frances Fanny” Flora Bond Palmer moved to New York from England in 1844 she was thirty-two and an accomplished artist and printmaker. Initially, Fanny and her husband Seymour operated a small print-shop in lower Manhattan, similar to one they had run in Leicester (United Kingdom). In 1849, the couple moved to Brooklyn after the business closed. Nathaniel Currier recognized Palmers talent and began to buy her drawings to use as print designs. After Currier & Ives was established in 1857 she became a staff artist. As a designer able to transfer images to lithographic stones for printing, Palmer produced more than 200 prints for the firm and today is regarded as a leading woman lithographer of the period.” – Met Museum, 2023.
Currier and Ives was a prominent American printmaking firm that operated from 1834 to 1907. They are best known for their lithographs, which depicted a wide range of subjects, including landscapes, historical scenes, portraits, and everyday life in 19th-century America. Their prints were widely popular and affordable, making them accessible to a broad audience. Some of the famous lithographs produced by Currier and Ives include: American Homestead Winter, Clipper Ship ‘Flying Cloud’, The Life of a Fireman, The Four Seasons of Life: Middle Age, and American Railroad Scene.