Two men prepare to fish in stream.
After Frances Flora Bond Palmer American, 1812-1876 Frances (Fanny) Palmer was born in England. She and her husband ran a lithography business before arriving in New York City in 1844. By 1850, Palmer was working full-time for Currier & Ives, drawing designs, pulling lithographs and hand-coloring prints. She worked for the firm for 26 years, supporting herself and her family, until her death from tuberculosis at age 64. Palmer created many of the firm’s most popular prints, including landscapes, scenes of the American home and hunting and fishing pictures. Palmer was an avid outdoor enthusiast and often accompanied her husband on fishing trips. Palmer sketched her experiences and Currier & Ives often used her detailed drawings, as in this work, for lithographic compositions. It is noted that the image is “from nature,” as she often worked from direct observation. The central figure, the fisherman with the fly-rod and a wicker creel over his shoulder, and his companion may be Palmer’s husband and their son.