“A Home on the Mississippi.” New York: Currier & Ives, 1871. Lithograph. Hand color. Small folio. 8 1/4 x 13 1/2. Very good condition. C:2876. New Best 50: #25.
Click here to see original Every Saturday print which Currier & Ives based their print upon.
A separately issued print by “America’s printmakers.” From 1834 to 1907 the firm of Nathaniel Currier and (after 1856) Currier & Ives provided for the American people a wide and varied gallery of prints for the new mass market of middle class society. The firm was the most successful American popular printmaker, issuing over 8,000 different prints. Their success was the result of their good business sense and their accurate instincts of what the American public wanted. Their images have become classics, capturing the life and times of nineteenth century America.
This particular print is one of the more popular and well-known of the Currier & Ives small folio prints, being selected as the 25th best of the small folio for the “New Best 50” list. It also is an iconic image of the souther Mississippi River, used for years on bottles of Southern Comfort.