Older and younger man on horseback riding down lane in front of house with gate open to yard and two women and a girl in yard gardening.
Published two years before James Merritt Ives became Nathaniel Currier’s partner, “American Country Life. May Morning” appealed to upper-middle-class city dwellers who aspired to build second homes in the country. The scene, one of four designed by Fanny Palmer around the changing seasons, shows a wealthy family enjoying the idyllic pleasures of rural America. The firm created a number of sets of prints “reflecting seasonal change and the ages of man. “American Country Life,” the earliest series, included “May Morning,” “Summer Evening,” October Afternoon,” and “Pleasures of Winter” and was followed in 1868 by “The Four Seasons.”