Auction 136, Lot 323

"View of New York", Currier & Ives

Subject: New York City, New York

Period: 1869 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

13 x 8.8 inches
33 x 22.4 cm

Currier and Ives was a printmaking company based in New York City from 1834-1907, producing black and white lithographs that were hand colored. The focus of their work was American life, cities and people, and they often employed celebrated artists of the day to render drawings to be reproduced in print form. This incredible bird's-eye panoramic view shows the busy harbors of New York City from Brooklyn Heights. The skyline of the densely built metropolis consists of church steeples, and the New York Bay is filled with heavy side-wheeler traffic. Castle Garden, now known as Castle Clinton, is depicted at left. The imprint at lower right shows Currier and Ives' address at 152 Nassau St. New York.


Condition: B+

Printed on sturdy paper with trimmed, but ample margins. Expert paper restoration in blank margins, far from map image. A couple of minute chips in center of image that do not distract.

Estimate: $900 - $1,100

Sold for: $750

Closed on 6/1/2011