19th Century Prints, Fashion, Lithograph, Portraits, Prints

Currier and Ives “Girl’s Name” Portraits

Today on the OPG blog we are sharing several of our Currier and Ives prints- the “girl’s name” portraits. Produced in large quantities for public sale, these prints were strictly a commercial venture for the firm. In addition to the 600 portraits of historical figures, presidents, sporting heroes, and drama stars, Currier and Ives published 250 “girl’s name” prints, close to 30 percent of their total portrait output. These name prints were idealized portraits of women and children, titled with popular Christian names of the day. To capitalize on their popularity, the firm would sometimes publish multiple prints under the same name or title- there are thirteen “Mary” prints, five “Josephine” prints, seven “Susan” prints. The lithographs all have slightly different compositions, picturing the girl in a new and elaborate outfit, sitting or standing, facing left or facing right, yellow roses in hair or red roses in hair. Several prints do not have a name at all; rather they are titled with sweet sobriquets like “The American Beauty”, “The Southern Beauty”, “My Sweetheart”, “Pride of the West”, and so on. Today, these sentimental prints are collected for their charming beauty, elaborate costumes, and delightful compositional elements. We hope enjoy them!

Maria. : 48. N. Currier. Lithograph, undated. Image size 12 1/4 x 8 3/4 inches. Shown seated in white dress with red cloak, hand strumming a lute. LINK.

Maria. : 48. Nathaniel Currier. Lithograph, undated. Image size 12 1/4 x 8 3/4 inches. Shown seated in white dress with red cloak, hand strumming a lute. LINK.

Josephine. Currier and Ives. Lithograph, undated.  Vignette 12 3/4 x 8 3/4 inches. Shown in white lace dress with pink trim, wearing a gold double-strand necklace, with dark hair swept up in a jeweled headband.

Josephine. Currier and Ives. Lithograph, undated. Vignette 12 3/4 x 8 3/4 inches. Shown in white lace dress with pink trim, wearing a gold double-strand necklace, with dark hair swept up in a jeweled headband. LINK.

Catherine.  Nathaniel Currier. Lithograph, 1845. Image size 11 5/8 x 8 1/16 inches. A full length portrait, with Catherine shown seated in a red dress, bouquet in hand and roses in a large vase on table. LINK.

Catherine. Nathaniel Currier. Lithograph, 1845. Image size 11 5/8 x 8 1/16 inches. A full length portrait, with Catherine shown seated in a red dress, bouquet in hand and roses in a large vase on table. LINK.

The Pride of the West. Currier and Ives. Lithograph, 1870. Image size 12 x 8 inches. Portrait of woman with  a red gown and roses woven throughout her hair. LINK.

The Pride of the West. Currier and Ives. Lithograph, 1870. Image size 12 x 8 inches. Portrait of woman with a red gown and roses woven throughout her hair. LINK.

The Eastern Beauty. Currier and Ives. Lithograph, undated. Vignette 11 7/8 x 7 5/8 inches. A carefully drawn woman, adorned with a red bow at her neck. LINK.

The Eastern Beauty. Currier and Ives. Lithograph, undated. Vignette 11 7/8 x 7 5/8 inches. A carefully drawn woman, adorned with a red bow at her neck. LINK.

Julia. Currier and Ives. Lithograph,  undated. Vignette 12 3/8 x 9 inches. This portrait shows a more mature woman in a blue dress adorned with pink roses. LINK.

Julia. Currier and Ives. Lithograph, undated. Vignette 12 3/8 x 9 inches. This portrait shows a more mature woman in a blue dress adorned with pink roses. LINK.

Susie. Currier and Ives. Lithograph, undated. Vignette 12 3/4 x 8 7/8 inches. A coquette with long, dark curls tied by a pink hair-bow gives a sidelong glance. LINK.

Susie. Currier and Ives. Lithograph, undated. Vignette 12 3/4 x 8 7/8 inches. A coquette with long, dark curls tied by a pink hair-bow gives a sidelong glance. LINK.

Henrietta. Nathaniel Currier. Lithograph, undated. Image size 12 1/8 x 8 1/2 inches. Yellow roses adorn an eyelet ruffled dress. LINK.

Henrietta. Nathaniel Currier. Lithograph, undated. Image size 12 1/8 x 8 1/2 inches. Yellow roses adorn an eyelet ruffled dress. LINK.

Josephine. Nathaniel Currier. Lithograph, undated. Image size 11 5/8 x 8 1/2 inches. A formal setting with gown of rose and white. LINK.

Josephine. Nathaniel Currier. Lithograph, undated. Image size 11 5/8 x 8 1/2 inches. A formal setting with gown of rose and white. LINK.

Mary. N. Currier. Lithograph, 1845. Image size 12 x 8 5/8". Shown in full-length lace-trimmed dress, with a picture of the S.S. Swallow on the wall behind her. LINK.

Mary. Nathaniel Currier. Lithograph, 1845. Image size 12 x 8 5/8″. Shown in full-length lace-trimmed dress, with a picture of the S.S. Swallow on the wall behind her. LINK.

Spring. Currier and Ives. Lithograph, 1870. Vignette 12 1/2 x 9 1/4 inches.  Multicolored flowers in her hair and bouquet accent a blue dress and bow. LINK.

Spring. Currier and Ives. Lithograph, 1870. Vignette 12 1/2 x 9 1/4 inches. Multicolored flowers in her hair and bouquet accent a blue dress and bow. LINK.

 

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New Additions: Currier & Ives

NEW ADDITIONS bannerNEW ADDITIONSWe added several new Currier & Ives lithographs to our gallery, including many beautiful genre and landscape scenes which capture 19th century American life.

Currier & Ives was the largest publisher of hand printed lithographs. The firm published well over 7,500 different images over the seventy-three years it was in business. They specialized in lithographs hand-drawn on a lithographic stone and printed one at a time by hand, which is the original and traditional method of lithography.  Although steam presses existed, Currier & Ives felt that the impressions were inferior to the hand-pulled lithographic impressions. Over the years the firm worked with many artists and craftsmen. The founder, Nathaniel Currier, a trained lithographer, and his partner, James Merritt Ives, a bookkeeper and self-taught artist, proved to be the correct combination of an entrepreneur, craftsman, and artist to make the company the best during their time.

Many artists worked for the firm. Of the new additions, many were done by Frances Flora Palmer.  Known to many as Fanny F. Palmer, she was one of the best known artists to work for Currier & Ives. She was responsible for the majority of landscape images produced by the firm, even though only a few bear her name.

We hope you enjoy these new colorful and beautiful lithographs! To see more prints by Currier and Ives, we invite you to visit our website.

The Old Homestead. By Fanny F. Palmer. Published by Currier & Ives. Lithograph handcolored, undated. Medium folio. LINK.

The Old Homestead. By Fanny F. Palmer. Published by Currier & Ives. Lithograph handcolored, undated. Medium folio. LINK.

The Village Blacksmith. By Fanny F. Palmer. Pub. by N. Currier. Lithograph handcolored, undated. Medium folio. LINK.

The Village Blacksmith. By Fanny F. Palmer. Pub. by N. Currier. Lithograph handcolored, undated. Medium folio. LINK.

Landscape, Fruit and Flowers. By Fanny F. Palmer. Published by Currier & Ives. Two-color lithograph handcolored, 1862. Large folio. LINK.

Landscape, Fruit and Flowers. By Fanny F. Palmer. Published by Currier & Ives. Two-color lithograph handcolored, 1862. Large folio. LINK.

Winter Pastime. By Fanny F. Palmer. Published by N. Currier. Lithograph handcolored, 1855. Medium folio. LINK.

Winter Pastime. By Fanny F. Palmer. Published by N. Currier. Lithograph handcolored, 1855. Medium folio. LINK.

On a Point. By Fanny F. Palmer. Published by N. Currier. Lithograph handcolored, 1855. Medium folio. LINK.

On a Point. By Fanny F. Palmer. Published by N. Currier. Lithograph handcolored, 1855. Medium folio. LINK.

"Thistle" : Cutter Yacht, Designed by G. L. Watson : Built by D. W. Henderson & Co. Glasgow.  Owned by Mr. Bell, Glasgow Scotland. Published by Currier & Ives, N.Y. Lithograph printed in oil color, 1887. Large folio. LINK.

“Thistle” : Cutter Yacht, Designed by G. L. Watson : Built by D. W. Henderson & Co. Glasgow. Owned by Mr. Bell, Glasgow Scotland. Published by Currier & Ives, N.Y. Lithograph printed in oil color, 1887. Large folio. LINK.

Niagara Falls. Published by Currier & Ives, 152 Nassau St. Lithograph with handcoloring, undated.  Medium folio size. LINK.

Niagara Falls. Published by Currier & Ives, 152 Nassau St. Lithograph with hand-coloring, undated. Medium folio size. LINK.

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Political Cartoons

Here at the Old Print Gallery, we have quite a few political cartoons. From the  prolific artists, like Thomas Nast and Adalbert Johann Volck, to the lesser known cartoonists that graced the pages of Judge, Vanity Fair, and Punch, our collection is extensive. Not only are they great pieces of Americana- collectable and prized among many- but they also immortalize public opinion and sentiment. Below is a (very small) sampling of political cartoons we carry. Enjoy!

Little Mac Trying to Dig His Way to the White House But Is Frightened by Spiritual Manifestations. Lithograph by an anonymous artist. Published c.1864. This political caricature is from the Presidential campaign of 1864, in which Gen. George McClellan ran as the Democratic nominee against Abraham Lincoln. Here Lady Liberty keeps McClellan away from the White House, calling him unworthy for allowing too many Union deaths.

The Last Ditch of the Chivalry, or President in Petticoats. Lithograph by Currier and Ives. Published in 1865. This Civil War caricature capitalizes on the widespread though unfounded rumor that Jefferson Davis tried to evade capture by Union soldiers by dressing as a woman. Shouts one soldier, "It's no use trying that shift, Jeff, we see your boots."

The Tammany Tiger Loose: What Are You Going To Do About It? Wood engraving by Thomas Nast. Published in Harper's Weekly on November 11, 1881. The most famous effort of America's greatest political cartoonist, and the one which provoked Boss Tweed's complaint that while his constitutents could not read, they could surely understand Nast's pictures. Tweed appears in the stands holding an "iron rod" below a banner reading "Tammany Spoils." In the arena, the Tammany Tiger savages Columbia; a smashed ballot box lies besider her.

President Arthur Hit Him Again: Don't Let the Vulture Be Our National Bird. Pen and Ink on paper by Thomas Nast. Published as an engraving in Harper's Weekly on August 12, 1882. This Thomas Nast caricature illustrates a fight between President Chester A. Arthur and the United States Congress. He had originally proposed a bill to improve international commerce on the waterways. The bill that passed in both the House and Senate was so laden with pork-barrel and special interest issues that over 14 million of the 18,700,000 dollars would not be used to improve international commerce. Chester A. Arthur vetoed the bill on August 1.

Fifty Cents- Shin Plaster. Lithography by Henry R. Robinson. Published in 1837. This print comically deals with the limited-currency policies of presidents Jackson and Van Buren. This image shows Andrew Jackson riding a pig with the quote “By the Eternal!! I’ll have it, Benton!” Behind him is Senator Thomas Hart Benton riding a jackass and holding a quill with “Expunger” written on it and quoting “Go it thou Roman!! a greater man ne’er lived in the tide of times.!!” Both men are chasing a “Gold Humbug” over the edge of a cliff towards the U.S. Bank (headed by Nicholas Biddle.) Martin Van Buren is shown behind them, loosing his crown and riding a fox taking a safer route towards the bank. His quote is, “Although I follow in the footsteps of Jackson it is expedient at this time to deviate a little!!” Below the main image is an endorsement by the publisher, who promises “to pay Thomas H. Benton, or bearer, Fifty Cents, in Counterfeit Caricatures at my store . . . ” It is dated May 10, 1837, the date of the New York banks’ emergency suspension of specie payments. The print also refers to the poorly secured, illegal currency known as shin plasters.
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