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Auction 145, Lot 801

One of Currier & Ives' Top Ten Best Prints

"Midnight Race on the Mississippi", Currier & Ives

Subject: Ships

Period: 1875 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

13.3 x 9.8 inches
33.8 x 24.9 cm
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Currier and Ives was a printmaking company based in New York City from 1834-1907, specializing in high quality, hand printed and colored stone lithographs. 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. Fanny Palmer, whose many views are among the best known of Currier & Ives, created this dramatic scene of a steamboat race on the Mississippi River between the Memphis and the James Howard. A full moon peeks out from the clouds above. This print was voted as the #9 best small folio print from Currier & Ives, as ranked by the American Historical Print Collectors Society's New Best 50 vote in 1988. Sheet size is 14.0 x 10.5".


Condition: B+

Original color with a few expertly repaired tears at top that enter 1/4 to 1/2" into image. Remargined at bottom just below title with a small amount of title expertly replaced in facsimile.

Estimate: $600 - $800

Sold for: $400

Closed on 6/12/2013