Currier portrait of Fanny Elssler


“Fanny Elssler.  In the favourite [sic] dance La Cachucha.”  New York: N. Currier, 1840.  Lithograph.  Original hand color.  Small folio.  12 1/4 x 9 1/2.  Some light toning in margins.  Else, very good.  C:1873


A separately issued portrait of the famous Austrians ballerina, Fanny Elssler.  It was produced by “America’s printmaker,” Nathaniel Currier.  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.  This print was issued when Elssler made a tour of the United States in 1840.