Currier & Ives The Return from the Woods


F.F. Palmer.  “The Return From The Woods.” New York: Currier & Ives, 1857-72. Lithograph.  Original hand color. Medium folio.  11 1/8 x 15 3/8.  Some repaired tears in margins.  Else, very good condition.  C:5131


A separately issued print by Currier & Ives, “America’s printmakers.” From 1834 to 1907 the firm of Nathaniel Currier and (after 1856) Currier & Ives provided for the American people a wide and varied gallery of prints for the new mass market of middle class society. The firm was the most successful American popular printmaker, issuing over 8,000 different prints. Their success was the result of their good business sense and their accurate instincts of what the American public wanted. Their images have become classics, capturing the life and times of nineteenth century America.

One of the best artists who worked for the firm over the years was Francis “Fanny” Palmer, who is particularly known for her sporting prints which became highly sought after by the wealthy sportsmen in America.  It is said that Fanny used her husband and his dogs as the models for this and her other sporting images, but that ended in 1859, when Edmund Palmer, in a drunken stupor, fell down a flight of stairs at the Abbey Hotel in New York City, breaking his neck and dying.  On hearing of the accident, James Ives is said to have remarked, “That’s the best thing he ever did.”