Snipe are wading birds; their natural feather color camouflage enables them to remain undetected by hunters in marshland. Once the snipe flies, it is challenging for the hunter to shoot because of its erratic flight pattern. The word “sniper” originated in the late 18th century among British soldiers based on a hunter with enough skill to shoot the elusive snipe.
J.E. Smart & Kahlmann was a publisher in New York City around 1870. They published two large, colorful prints under the title of American Sporting Scene that are mentioned in Harry Peters’s classic reference on American lithography, America on Stone: Snipe Shooting and Trout Fishing. This lithograph takes a similar approach in subject matter and style to the warmly positive depictions of rural America presented in the prints of their contemporaries, Currier & Ives. An uncolored version is in the collection of the Library of Congress.
John Walsh & Company was a New York City printer.
Inscriptions: Published by John Walsh & Co. 37 Spring St. New York. Printed by J.F. Smart & Kahlmann 14 Cortlandt St. N.Y. Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1870 by John Walsh & Co. in the Clerks Office of the District Court of the Southern District of New York.
Presented in a French mat in an impressive wooden frame with central deep cove painted black.
Condition: Generally fair with the usual overall toning, wear. Few tears into image in top portion, few other marginal tears, all skillfully repaired long ago as backed on thin supporting sheet, unobtrusive. Frame very good with the usual overall wear, minor shrinkage.
“American Sporting Scene: Snipe Shooting.” Prints & Photographs Online Catalog, Library of Congress. http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2006677473/ (26 January 2012).
Peters, Harry T. America on Stone. U.S.: Doubleday, Doran, 1931. pp. 370 and 396.
“Snipe.” Wikipedia. 24 January 2012. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snipe (27 January 2012).