Samuel Fleet Homestead
Frances Flora Palmer
Frances “Fanny” Palmer was a professional artist who worked for the famous printmaking firm of Currier & Ives for twenty years. Although watercolor was considered a polite accomplishment for genteel women—what an 1856 writer referred to as a “husband-catcher”—it was rare for a woman to have an artistic career in the mid-nineteenth century. This picture of a handsome Neoclassical mansion on Fulton Street in Brooklyn demonstrates Palmer’s deft control of the watercolor medium and her eye for anecdotal detail.
Transparent and opaque watercolor over graphite on cream, moderately thick, slightly textured wove paper mounted to Japanese paper.
18 3/8 x 27 1/4 in. (46.7 x 69.2 cm) (show scale)
Partial watermark in paper: "J WHAT ... / 184"
Signed lower left: "F. F. Palmer"
Bequest of Clara H. Baxter
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Frances Flora Palmer (American, 1812-1876). Samuel Fleet Homestead, ca. 1850s. Transparent and opaque watercolor over graphite on cream, moderately thick, slightly textured wove paper mounted to Japanese paper., 18 3/8 x 27 1/4 in. (46.7 x 69.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Clara H. Baxter, 43.171 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 43.171_SL1.jpg)
overall, 43.171_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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