Title: Currier & Ives - FROZEN UP - 1872
Publisher: Currier & Ives, New York
Publication Date: 1872
Binding: No Binding
Book Condition: Very Good
id#: mbf012H Title: Currier & Ives - FROZEN UP - 1872 Author: ; Currier & Ives Size: 11x 15 in Date: 1872 Publisher: Currier & Ives medium: Hand colored lithograph Listed by Ilsoon Han condition: very good condition, no tears, very good color, slight specking and browning of margins Currier & Ives - FROZEN UP - 1872 A lithograph by Currier and Ives, publishers (American, 1857 to 1907). Frozen Up, 1872, (Conningham, 2155). Identified in inscriptions in the matrix. Small folio lithograph with hand-coloring on paper. Note: This lithograph ranks no. 18 in the "New Best 50," small folio. The publishing firm of Currier & Ives created the most popular and highly regarded lithographs of quintessentially American scenes ever produced. The quality, vast scope and engagingly populist style of their works have made their names synonymous with an idealistic vision of 19th-century American promise and optimism. Currier & Ives' broad productivity was accompanied by consistently high standards of printing and hand-coloring, and their ability to draw on original works by many of the finest American genre painters of the times, including (among many others) Fanny Palmer, Louis Maurer, Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait and George Durrie. Even (or perhaps especially) today, Currier & Ives prints are paragons of Americana. Indeed, to most Americans over forty years of age, their firm¿s name has the ring of a household word or familiar brand name, perhaps as recognizable as Proctor & Gamble or Arm & Hammer. It is a name that conjures up a particular view of America¿s past. When we speak about the art of Currier & Ives, we are talking of cultural patrimony, a vital part of this nation¿s identity, on a par with the Empire State Building, the Grand Canyon, and the Star-Spangled Banner. When Currier & Ives emerged onto the popular scene, the public¿s appetite had been whetted by what amounted to a media boom that took place in the United States during the 1840s and 1850s. The introduction of photography, more rapid methods of picture printing (including lithography), and the rise of illustrated journalism exploited, among the urban bourgeoisie of the period, a strong interest in topical information, fine art, and plain amusement. Currier & Ives produced an unprecedented inventory of titles for this audience, a move that dramatically lifted the firm above its competition, and elevated their imagery iconic status. Currier & Ives was founded in New York in 1835 by Nathaniel T. Currier, who had been apprenticed as a youth to the Boston lithographic firm of William S. & John Pendleton. In 1857, James Merritt Ives, the company's bookkeeper and Currier's brother-in-law, was made a partner. Generally, Currier supervised production while Ives handled the business and financial side. Currier & Ives prints were decorative and inexpensive, ranging in price from 20¢ to $3. Their subject matter ranged from rural life, ships, trains, animal and sporting scenes to religious images and spectacular news events. The firm produced more than 7000 titles and became the largest and most successful American lithographic publishing company of the 19th century. Vigorous marketing through published catalogues, a sales staff and agents throughout the USA, as well as in London, enabled Currier & Ives to capture approximately three-quarters of the American print market in the peak years of the firm's popularity. Both black-and-white and colored prints were sold; color was usually applied by a staff of women working in a production line from a model, although some prints were sent out for additional hand-coloring. Although many of the large number of artists employed by Currier & Ives simply copied the designs of others on to the stone, original works were also commissioned. These occasionally included pictures by well-known artists, such as Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait and George Henry Durrie, but more. Bookseller Inventory # mbf012H
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