After Charles Richard Parsons (American, Brooklyn, New York 1844–1918 St. Ives, Cornwall)
Lithographed and published by Currier & Ives (American, active New York, 1857–1907)
Hand-colored lithograph with tint stones
Image: 19 3/8 x 28 in. (49.2 x 71.1 cm) Image with text: 21 5/8 x 28 in. (54.9 x 71.1 cm)
Gift of A. S. Colgate, 1951
Not on view
In this nautical print, a yacht rigged with four sails moves through small waves to the right, with two other sailboats seen to either side in the near distance.
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. Here, tint stones are used to create tones, an intermediate step towards the firm's use of color lithography.
Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings
Inscription: in stone: "C. R. Parsons del."; "Pub. by Currier & Ives, 115 Nassau St. New York"
Adele S. Colgate; Donor: Adele S. Colgate (American)
Peters, Currier & Ives 1459; Conningham 1970, 5560; Gale 5955
Harry T. Peters Currier & Ives, Printmakers to the American People. 2 vols., Garden City, NY, 1931, cat. no. 1459.
Frederick A. Conningham, Colin Simkin Currier & Ives prints; an illustrated check list. Crown Publishers, New York, 1970, cat. no. 5560.
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. 5955.