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CURRIER & IVES, publishers. - Charles PARSONS (1821-1910)

Published by Currier & Ives, New York (1861)

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Item Description: Currier & Ives, New York, 1861. Hand-coloured lithograph signature in image, "C. Parsons". Image size: 17 x 27 1/2 inches. Sheet size: 20 1/4 x 29 inches. Various expert repairs. A spectacular Currier & Ives portrait of the beautiful but unfortunate "Australasian": the Cunard Line's "first iron screw mail steamer . [and] the worst vessel that the company ever owned". The Australasian was built in Clydebank, Scotland, in 1857, "at a time when auxiliaries [vessels with both steam and sail power available to them] were much in favour and when she was regarded as a magnificent vessel" (India House p.63). She was a 338-foot iron screw steamer, designed to carry mail for the European and Australian Royal Mail Company, with two smokestacks and three masts. "the company for which she was built did not last very long, and she was purchased by the Cunard Line [initially called the British and North American Royal Mail Steam Ship Company], in whose fleet she was the first screw mail steamer. They adapted her to their requirements . but she was never a success. It was often said that she was the worst vessel that the company ever owned, for although a remarkable fast ship in smooth water, she rolled like a barrel when it was rough, and her vibration was excessive" (India House pp.63-4). Charles Parsons, British born, spent most of his long life in America creating superb marine prints and paintings. Much of his print work was published by the two major New York lithography firms: Currier & Ives and Endicott & Co. His ship portraits are among the finest of the era and demonstrate a love and a profound understanding of ships, their constuction and life at sea. A Descriptive Catalogue of the Marine Collection to be found at India House (New York: 1935) item number 255; Gale 5673; Parker & Bowen Mail and Passenger Steamships of the Nineteenth Century (london: 1928) pp.24-5. Bookseller Inventory # 19904

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Item Description: Currier & Ives, New York, 1861. Hand-coloured lithograph by Charles Parsons (signature in image). Expert marginal repairs. Sheet size: 22 1/2 x 32 inches. Image size: 17 1/2 x 27 1/4 inches. A magnificent Currier & Ives portrait of one of the premier yachts in the New York Yacht Club: the yacht that beat the "America" in her speed trials The Stevens brothers listed in the title were members of a prominent American family, their father had served in the American Revolution. John Cox Stevens was one of the founding members of the New York Yacht Club, the first Commodore and one of five sponsors of the "America", the yacht that went to England in 1851 and won the race thereafter known as the America's Cup Race. His brother Robert L. Stevens designed the "Maria", which beat the "America" during the series of speed trial races to Sandy Hook, prior to the latter's epoch-making trip to England. The "Maria" was one of the most beautiful yachts in an era of exceptionally beautiful boats: an icon amongst American yachts. It was estimated that the Stevens spent a total of $100,000 on experiments and alterations involving Maria in the 22 years that she was in the family. A 1914 article in the New York Times described her as "a scientific racing machine, the first of her kind" (cf. NYT, 17 May 1914). Conningham 6805; Gale 7360. Bookseller Inventory # 19902

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A "crack" sloop in a race to: CURRIER & IVES

CURRIER & IVES (publishers) - After Charles R. PARSONS

Published by Currier & Ives, New York (1882)

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Item Description: Currier & Ives, New York, 1882. Lithograph, printed in colours. An excellent Currier & Ives image of a racing yacht at full stretch. A valuable pictorial record of this New York Yacht Club vessel, owned jointly by H.W. Johnson and William Krebs, from a painting by the prolific and highly talented Charles R. Parsons. Conningham 1281; Gale 1404. Bookseller Inventory # 3554

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Currier & Ives, after Charles Parsons

Published by Currier & Ives, New York (1861)

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From: Arader Galleries of Philadelphia, PA (Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.)

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Item Description: Currier & Ives, New York, 1861. N/A. Book Condition: Good. Lithograph with original hand-color. General signs of aging; mild discoloration, overall a good example. Sheet size: 20 1/4 x 27 7/8". Inventory#:p53pmat. Bookseller Inventory # 000053

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The Great Ocean Yacht Race. Between the: CURRIER & IVES

CURRIER & IVES (publishers) - After Charles PARSONS

Published by Currier & Ives, New York (1867)

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Item Description: Currier & Ives, New York, 1867. Lithograph, coloured by hand. Currier & Ives view of the start of the first Trans-Atlantic yacht race. This image recalls the start of modern ocean racing: in 1866, under New York Yacht Club rules, three schooners of between 32 and 32.6 metres, raced from Sandy Hook, N.J. to Cowes, Isle of Wight. The Henrietta, owned by American newspaper publisher James Gordon Bennett, won, arriving at 5:45 pm on Christmas day in a time of 13 days and 22 hours. The Fleetwing arrived 8 hours later, followed by the Vesta 1 1/2 hours after her. Conningham 2634; Gale 2854. Bookseller Inventory # 3551

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Item Description: 1854, 1861., 1861. Four hand-colored lithographs, visible areas approximately 19 x 27 inches, expertly matted and handsomely framed to 31 1/2 x 38 1/2 inches. A few pale marginal stains, minor abrasion to imprint of one example. Very good. Four rare hand-colored lithographs from the "Life of a Fireman" series by the famed printmakers Currier & Ives. All four prints show energetic firefighting scenes, one taking place at night ("The New Era"). The artist for three of the four was Louis Maurer, a long-time artist for Currier & Ives. "Perhaps his most important work for the firm was the famous series "The Life of a Fireman," a set of six exceptionally well executed large folios that had great popularity and that today are among the most eagerly sought-after prints in the Currier & Ives collection" - Peters. Rare. PETERS, CURRIER & IVES 628, 629, 630, 631. GALE, CURRIER & IVES: CATALOGUE RAISONNÉ 3783, 3785, 3787, 3788. Bookseller Inventory # WRCAM 51288

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CURRIER & IVES (publishers); - Charles PARSONS (1844-1918) and Lyman ATWATER (1835-1891)

Published by Currier & Ives, New York (1876)

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Item Description: Currier & Ives, New York, 1876. Hand-coloured lithographed bird's-eye view, after and on stone by Parsons & Atwater. Numerous unnumbered references in the lower margin. Sheet size: 27 1/2 x 39 inches. A fine panoramic bird's-eye view of the city of New York from the south, published by Currier & Ives. The developed city stretches to the horizon, with many familiar buildings easily identifiable and with Central Park clearly delineated in the far distance. Both the East River and the Hudson filled with ship traffic, including images of the steamers Massachusetts, Providence, and City of New York. Perhaps the most surprising feature is the large view of the "Great East River Suspension Bridge" (i.e. the Brooklyn Bridge), in anticipation of its completion some seven years following the publication of this view. Currier and Ives were the most famous lithographic print publishers of the 19th century. Among their vast body of work are a number of topographical views; these are usually restricted to the large metropolises and especially New York, which was not only their home town but also their largest market. Their strategy to attract their audience appears to have been to create very large, highly detailed views from a breathtaking bird's-eye perspective, and to issue new editions of this view to keep up with the ever-changing skyline of the city. Conningham 1107; Gale 1220; Reps 2721. Bookseller Inventory # 21934

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PARSONS, Charles - CURRIER & IVES

Published by Currier & Ives, New York (1862)

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Item Description: Currier & Ives, New York, 1862. Hand-colored lithograph. Some very pale marginal spotting, pale mat burn, minor browning and discoloration from prior framing on verso, a few small marginal tears repaired at edges. Classic Scene in Central Park A very rare and especially wonderful Currier & Ives lithograph depicting a winter scene in Central Park, New York City. "'Central-Park, Winter. The Skating Pond,' 1862, by Charles Parsons, has always seemed to me one of the most colorful and animated. There are more than seventy-five figures, with costumes carefully drawn, and as a lively and authentic scene from life in old New York I consider it invaluable" - Peters. "This print presents a wealth of detail of dress and custom by Parsons - one of the firm's most versatile and prolific artists" - New Best 50 . At the time Peters published his excellent bibliography in 1929, he notes that this plate was already demanding more than $500. Berkoff, Michael R., Currier & Ives. The New Best 50 . (Milwaukee. 1991) 7; Gale, Currier & Ives: Catalogue Raisonné 1047; Peters, Currier & Ives 4039. Bookseller Inventory # 30524

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