Partridge Shooting , 1855
Original hand-colored lithograph
9.25 x 12.50 in
The present hand-colored lithograph presents the viewer with a hunting scene in a picturesque landscape. In the foreground, a man approaches two partridges as his two pointers prepare to flush them out. Beyond, a white fence draws our eyes to the homestead in the distance. Images like this one show how people in the United States were trying to identify themselves as a new nation in the North American landscape - as separate from their European counterparts but with similar similar and specific wildlife and magesties of nature. It also identifies hunting in this landscape as an American pastime. 9.25 x 12.5 inches, artwork 18.38 x 22 inches, frame Entitled bottom center "Partridge Shooting" with the number 174 Signed in the stone, lower left "Lith. and Pub. by N. Currier" Inscribed lower right "152 Nassau Street N.Y." Copyrighted lower center "Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1855 by N. Currier in the Clerk's office of the Southern District of N.Y." Multiple creases and surface losses throughout image, with some tears, concentrated in the upper right corner, causing planar distortion to surface. Color of pigments remains vibrant. See images. Some gilding loss to frame. Otherwise good condition. Framed to conservation standards using 100 percent rag matting and TruVue Conservation Clear glass, housed in a gold gilded moulding.