William Ranney. “The Trapper’s Last Shot.” New York: Currier & Ives, 1857-72. Medium folio. 10 3/4 x 15 1/2. Original hand color. Very good condition. C:6125. Framed
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 print is based on a famous painting by William Ranney which had in 1850 been turned into a large engraving by the Western Art Union. The image was so popular that the American Art Union commissioned a second version of the painting and Currier & Ives brought out this classic American frontier scene.