“Midnight Race On The Mississippi.” New York: Currier & Ives, 1875. Lithograph. Original hand color. Small folio. 9 x 13 1/4. Very good condition. Bonus print for “The Home Companion;” bottom margin just touching that attribution. C:4117. New Best 50: #9.
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 is one of the more popular and dramatic of the Currier & Ives small folio prints, being selected as the 9th best of the small folio for the “New Best 50” list.