After Rosa Bonheur (French, Bordeaux 1822–1899 Thomery)
Lithographed and published by Currier & Ives (American, active New York, 1857–1907)
Image: 10 3/4 x 14 1/4 in. (27.3 x 36.2 cm) Image with text: 12 x 14 1/4 in. (30.5 x 36.2 cm)
Gift of A. S. Colgate, 1951
Not on view
Based on a work by the leading animal painter Rosa Bonheur, this print shows long-horned brown and white cattle lying and standing in a meadow, with hills beyond.
The New York firm of Currier & Ives grew from a printing business established by Nathaniel Currier (1813–1888) in 1835. Expansion led, in 1857, to a partnership with brother-in-law James Merritt Ives (1824–1895). The firm operated until 1907, lithographing over 4,000 subjects for distribution across America and Europe with popular categories including landscape, marines, natural history, genre, caricatures, portraits, history and foreign views. Until the 1880s, images were printed in monochrome, then hand-colored by women who worked for the company at home.
Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings
Inscription: in stone below image at left and right: "Rosa Bonheur Pinxit. / Lith. Currier & Ives N.Y." in stone below title: "New York, Published by Currier & Ives, 152 Nassau St."
Adele S. Colgate; Donor: Adele S. Colgate (American)
Peters, Currier & Ives 2381b; Conningham 1970, 2830; Gale 3059
Harry T. Peters Currier & Ives, Printmakers to the American People. 2 vols., Garden City, NY, 1931, cat. no. 2381b.
Frederick A. Conningham, Colin Simkin Currier & Ives prints; an illustrated check list. Crown Publishers, New York, 1970, cat. no. 2830.
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. 3059.