American Farm Yard – Morning

Frances Flora Bond Palmer American, born England
Lithographed and published by Currier & Ives American

Not on view

In this farmyard, flanked by a stable and barn, there are cows and goats at the left, three horses and a foal at center, with ducks along a rivulet in the central foreground. At right, a peacock perches on a fence beside the barn; a pigeon coop is shown beneath the roof. A large white house atop a knoll is seen in the central background.

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 Palmer’s 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.

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