Homeward Bound (New York)

After Erskine Nicol (British, Leith, Scotland 1825–1904 Feltham, Middlesex)
Currier & Ives (American, active New York, 1857–1907)
ca. 1860
Hand-colored lithograph
Image: 11 1/2 x 7 3/4 in. (29.2 x 19.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Albert Ten Eyck Gardner, 1950
Accession Number:
Not on view
A well-dressed man, originally from Ireland, has done well in America. He now stands on a dock and plans his return, studying a sign lettered, "To Emigrants, Returning New York to Dublin, the Fast Sailing Barque Washington Will Sail on.... Apply here at 11 Broadway." The print is a companion to "Outward Bound (Dublin)" (50.587.7), and both are based on paintings by the Scottish-born Erskine Nichol. A genre painter who taught in Dublin during the Irish Famine, Nichol's works often respond to that tragedy.

The New York firm 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, and issued landscapes, genre subjects, caricatures, portraits, historical scenes, foreign views and reproductions of art works. The pictures were drawn on lithographic stones, printed in monochrome, then generally hand-colored by women who worked for the firm at home.

Inscription: In stone, below image at lower left and lower right: "LITH & PUB. BY CURRIER & IVES,/ 152 NASSAU ST N.Y."
In stone below image at center: "512."
Text on sign in image at upper right: "To / EMIGRANTS/ RETURNING/ NEW YORK/ TO / DUBLIN/ THE FAST SAILING/ BARQUE / WASHINGTON / Will sail on/ Msohar. / APPLY here of / 11 BroadWay"
Albert Ten Eyck Gardner; Donor: Albert Ten Eyck Gardner
Peters, Currier & Ives, 1214; Conningham 1970, 2886; Gale 3120
Harry T. Peters Currier & Ives, Printmakers to the American People. 2 vols., Garden City, NY, 1931, cat. no. 1214.

Frederick A. Conningham, Colin Simkin Currier & Ives prints; an illustrated check list. Crown Publishers, New York, 1970, cat. no. 2886.

Gale Research Company, Bernard F. Reilly Jr. Currier & Ives, A Catalogue Raisonné: A comprehensive catalogue of the lithographs of Nathaniel Currier, James Merritt Ives and Charles Currier, including ephemera associated with the firm, 1834-1907. 1984, cat. no. 3120.