Charles Richard Parsons (American, Brooklyn, New York 1844–1918 St. Ives, Cornwall)
LIthographed and published b Currier & Ives (American, active New York, 1857–1907)
Image: 15 1/4 x 21 in. (38.7 x 53.3 cm) Image with text: 16 1/2 x 21 in. (41.9 x 53.3 cm)
Gift of A. S. Colgate, 1951
Not on view
In this nautical print, the British cutter Genesta sails to the right, with other sailboats in the background. Designed by John Beavor-Webb, she was built for Sir Richard Sutton, 5th Baronet, of the Royal Yacht Squadron, Cowes, Isle of Wight, and was the English challenger in the America's Cup of 1885, racing against Puritan.
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. One popular sub-category concerned sailboats and racing. The pictures were drawn on lithographic stones, printed in monochrome, then generally hand-colored by women who worked for the firm at home.
Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings
Inscription: In stone within image: "C. R. Parsons '85"; below image at left: "Published by Currier & Ives"
Adele S. Colgate; Donor: Adele S. Colgate (American)
Peters, Currier & Ives 1437; Conningham 1970, 1338; Gale 1461
Harry T. Peters Currier & Ives, Printmakers to the American People. 2 vols., Garden City, NY, 1931, cat. no. 1437.
Frederick A. Conningham, Colin Simkin Currier & Ives prints; an illustrated check list. Crown Publishers, New York, 1970, cat. no. 1338.
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. 1461.