Frances Flora Palmer (1812-1876)
Lithograph, published by Nathaniel Currier, 1852
Adele Colgate Collection
Adele Colgate bequest, 1963
By the 1920s all sorts of historical American objects, including furniture, decorative
arts, and prints, had become very desirable for collectors. One enthusiast, Adele
Colgate of Tuxedo Park, New York, purchased hundreds of Currier & Ives prints. The
Colgate Collection's early black and white images, hand-colored prints, and later
chromolithographs (printed in color) represent the technical development of
19th-century lithography through the work of this important American publisher.
She is said to have maintained a lifelong interest in "dogs, prints, and bridge, in that
breeder of show dogs, Colgate specialized in prints of sporting and Western subjects.