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1975-76 Federal Duck Stamp Print; Canvasback Decoy

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1975-76 Federal Duck Stamp Print; Canvasback Decoy

Artist: James P. Fisher (American, 1912 - 1990)

Date: 1975
Medium: photolithograph on paper
Dimensions:
Sheet: 12 × 14 inches (30.5 × 35.6 cm)
Plate: 6 1/2 × 9 inches (16.5 × 22.9 cm)
Classification: Prints
Inscribed: 1975-76 Federal Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp Design-Copyright © 1975 James P. Fisher--Printed in USA by Triton Press, Inc. New York (lower edge of paper, printed); James P. Fisher (lower center, in pencil); 475 / 3150 (lower left, in pencil)
Signed: James P. Fisher (lower center, printed)
Credit Line: Purchase of the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation, 1975
Object number: 91.31.1.A
Accession Number: 1975.1.62.A.
DescriptionFour-color process; combination of offset lithography & collotype, seven colors; Arches 88- 100% rag paper
Label Text:Fisher created the only Federal Duck Stamp that features a decoy. The artist grew up in Delaware, drawing animals and birds in the Brandywine Valley. He studied at the Wilmington Academy of Art, where N.C. Wyeth was one of his teachers. Fisher developed a career as a commercial artist and painted the wildlife near his Pennsylvania home. To decorate his studio, he amassed a collection of old duck decoys. Another decoy collector loaned him the weathered canvasback decoy that Fisher painted for the Duck Stamp. Contest rules have been revised; now the principal subject must be living waterfowl.
Provenance: Purchased April 22, 1975 through (Sportsman's Edge, New York, New York) by the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation; accessioned to the Stark Museum of Art
Exhibitions:
  • Conservation Art: Federal Duck Stamps & Prints