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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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CURRIER & IVES (publishers) - After Charles 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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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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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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