After a painting by Charles Parsons (American (born England), Hampshire 1821–1910 New York)
Lithographed by Lyman W. Atwater (American, 1835–1891)
Published and printed by Currier & Ives (American, active New York, 1857–1907)
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
Not on view
The New York firm of of Currier & Ives (established by Nathaniel Currier, who formed a partnership with his brother-in-law James Merritt Ives in 1857), lithographed 4,300 subjects between 1835 and 1907 for distribution across America and 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 outline and, after being printed in monochrome, were hand-colored by women who worked for the firm at home.
Signature: in stone, within image at lower right: "LWA"; in stone below image at left and right: "Currier & Ives lith. NY / "C. Parsons del."
Inscription: in stone below title: "New York, Published by Currier & Ives, 152 Nassau St."
Adele S. Colgate (American, 1884–1962); Donor: Adele S. Colgate (American, 1884–1962)
Peters, Currier & Ives 4039; Conningham 1970, 954; Gale 1047
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Marilyn Symmes Impressions of New York: Prints from the New York Historical Society. New York, 2004, cat. no. 60, pp. 124-5, ill.
Morrison H. Heckscher "Creating Central Park." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin. vol. 65, no. 3, Winter 2008, fig. no. 88, p. 71.