Relief carving of pickerel by Leander Plummer of New Bedford, Massachusetts. 1885-1910.
What makes it special? Leander Plummer originally worked as a mining engineer, but at the age of 26 decided to pursue art, studying at the Academie Julian in Paris. Returning to the U.S. after four years of study, Plummer put his artistic training to use painting the wildlife in the New Bedford area. Experimenting with woodcarving, he found he had a great aptitude for detailed naturalistic sculpture, and created “relief paintings”; his description of deeply carved wood reliefs. In this panel, Plummer’s ability to capture motion and depth around this life-like pickerel demonstrate why his panels were so popular with fishermen and sportsmen.