Rail Shooting. On the Delaware, Nathaniel Currier

D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts

Two hunters, in canoe with dog and ducks.

In this scene, two men and their retriever are in a boat among the reeds of a marsh. A man stands at the front of the boat firing at a bird, the common rail, while the other man poles through the shallow water. The rail was a popular game bird, especially for the novice hunter, since its flight was slow and steady. Serious hunters of the 19th century, however, believed that the bird was too small, too tame and too easily killed to present a worthy “challenge. Frances (Fanny) Palmer was an avid outdoors enthusiast and often accompanied her husband on hunting trips. Palmer sketched her experiences and Currier & Ives often used the drawings, as in this work. It is noted that the image was “from nature.” Companion prints to this lithograph include “Woodcock Shooting,” Partridges Shooting” and “Wild Duck Shooting. “

Object Creator
Currier, Nathaniel (American, 1813-1888)
Object Creation Date
Hand-colored lithograph
24 x 18 inches
Gift of Lenore B. and Sidney A. Alpert supplemented with Museum Acquistions Funds
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