Brook Trout Fishing Currier and Ives
This Brook Trout Fishing Currier and Ives is part of a series of lithographs I’ve always enjoyed. Currier and Ives created over 7500 different titled lithographs. They were made between 1834 to 1907. Some of their fly fishing and fishing series even appearing on calendars. The annals of American Fishing and Fly Fishing can not only be found and learned from written stories, but from images and art as well.
Lithography originally used an image drawn with oil, fat, or wax onto the surface of a smooth, level lithographic limestone plate. The stone was treated with a mixture of acid and gum arabic, etching the portions of the stone that were not protected by the grease-based image. When the stone was subsequently moistened, these etched areas retained water; an oil-based ink could then be applied and would be repelled by the water, sticking only to the original drawing. The ink would finally be transferred to a blank paper sheet, producing a printed page.
So this was quite a process in the days of old. In the first photo you can see he’s using a green heart type rod and a small 1-2 inch reel. In the second image its just the day spoils with a group of Brook Trout.
Im going to make this a regular weekly post, showing our fishing and fly fishing history through the use of Art. WHile I believe many of the Antique lures and Reels and the like, especially early on are forms of art themselves. Please, feel free to contact me @ firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know some of the things you’ve enjoyed or would like to see more of.