Charles Parsons (American, 18211910)
Lithograph; Image: 18 1/8 x 26 9/16 in. (46 x 67.5 cm); sheet: 21 7/8 x 29 7/8 in. (55.6 x 75.9 cm); storage (mat size): 30 x 40 in. (76.2 x 101.6 cm)
Bequest of Adele S. Colgate, 1962 (63.550.266)
The New York firm of N. Currier, later Currier & Ives, lithographed 4,300 subjects from 1835 to 1907 for distribution all over the Americas and seaboard Europe. They offered images of almost everything animal, vegetable, or mineral in the United States, including views of the citizens enjoying their freedoms. The pictures generally were drawn on lithographic stones in prim outlines and, once printed on paper, were handed to the industry of women at home who filled in the scenes with watercolors.