The Ferry Boat, Nathaniel Currier

D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts

Pastoral scene. Boat full of people and animals setting off from right river bank. Man on white horse at center.

After emigrating from England in the 1840s with her husband Edward and their two children, Fanny Palmer became the family’s main breadwinner. Her husband became alcoholic and eventually injured himself in a fall. He died soon after the accident and Palmer continued working to take care of her family. She worked for Currier & Ives for over 30 years and although her hand is evident in many works, she was seldom given credit on the prints. The Ferry Boat depicts a boat carrying four horses, several passengers and ferryman as it approaches the shore. When they arrive, the group is assisted by a man with a dog.

Object Creator
Currier, Nathaniel (American, 1813-1888)
Object Creation Date
Hand-colored lithograph
17 x 13 1/4 inches
Gift of Lenore B. and Sidney A. Alpert supplemented with Museum Acquistions Funds
Accession Number
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