This is an extremely rare collection of 5 original Fanny Flora Bond Palmer lithographs. Fanny was a 19th century Currier & Ives artist. Nathaniel Currier recognized her talent, and in 1849 published her two panoramic views of New York, seen from Brooklyn Heights and Weehawken. When the Palmers' business failed (around 1851), Palmer became a staff artist for Currier. Fanny Palmer was a creative lithographer, doing her own drawings directly on the stone. The only woman in her field, she was one of the best American lithographers; she also achieved success in working with Charles Currier to perfect the lithographic crayon. Trained as a draftsman in England, she was familiar with lithographic art when she came to the United States; she introduced to American printers the skill of printing a background tint. When Fanny joined Currier & Ives as a staff artist, she created over two hundred imagesâlarge and smallâranging from small works celebrating quotidian joys to larger works of epic style, such as The Rocky Mountains, Emigrants Crossing the Plains (1866) and Across the Continent, Westward the Course of Empire Takes its Way (1866). In 1847 William H. Ranlett wrote that Fanny âstands at the head of the artâ of lithography. In a more modern assessment, DeÃ¡k calls her âthe foremost woman lithographer of her timeâ (Picturing America, I, pp. 438-439). Notable American Women III, pp. 10-11:
These original lithographs are inside a John C. Riker album book dating ca. 1844-1855. Most likely, this specific book and the lithographs were published before 1849 while Fanny and her husband Edmund's "F&S Lithographic" firm on 34 Ann Street was still in operation; considering the F&S name and/or address of "Ann Street" is on each litho.
The lithographs are titled as follows: "Flowers In Frolic", Sensitive Plant", "Mallow...Milo or Sweet Disposition", "Poppy..Forgetfulness" and "Pomegranate..Foolishness". Each litho is signed "F&S Palmer's Lith on the right and 34 Ann St. on the right Or just 34 Ann St on the right side.
Frances (âFannyâ) Flora Bond Palmer (l812-1876) was one of the premier artists for Currier & Ives, the most famous publishers of lithographic prints in mid-nineteenth century America. She is generally regarded as the leading American woman lithographer of her time. Fanny Palmer was also one of the most productive staff artists for Currier & Ives, for whom she worked for over twenty-five years. In the early 1830s, she married Edmund Seymour Palmer, an English âgentlemanâ who proved incapable of supporting his family. The Palmer and Bond families emigrated to the United States and by 1844 were in New York, where Fanny became the chief support of the families through the lithographic firm, F. & S. Palmer, founded by her and her husband. The Palmer lithographic enterprise failed, and her husband died in 1857 when he fell down the stairs of a tavern in Brooklyn, where he was caretaker.
About The Book & J.C. Riker: In the period of the 1820s through the 1860s many people kept albums of autographs, drawings, and personal notes. The albums had blank pages of white and colored paper, with an illustrated title page and other illustrations interspersed throughout the volume. The covers of these books were often fine hand bindings in embossed, gold, or blind stamped leather and cloth.
This album lists the address of J.C. Riker at 129 Fulton Street, N.Y. under the "Frolic In Flowers litho. The Riker company was at that address between 1844 and 1855. As these types of albums were intended, there is long writings inside. The writings appear to be signed poetry in very elaborate 19th century calligraphy. Some writings date to between 1848 and 1853. There are also several blank pages as stated these albums were intended as such.
Condition: The condition of this book and folios included are as seen in the photos shown. Some pages are loose, some pages still have the protective tissue paper over the lithos. There are stains as you can see. If you need more photos or have any other questions please ask. Call 937-559-9425
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