Dating currier amp ives prints
Durrie was born in Hartford in 1820 and settled in New Haven in 1842.
Durrie painted several scenes at the Jones Inn (pictured above), identified as near Farmington, Conn.(The city quickly rebuilt.) The Currier & Ives print was apparently sketched before the fire.Here's a more recent view of the city: Nathaniel Currier printed this lithograph of the birthplace of Franklin Pierce in 1852, before Pierce took office as president of the United States, before he became one of the most hated men in America and even before Currier went into business with Ives.The printmaking firm of Currier & Ives produced some of the most iconic and popular American art of the 19th century.The company, headed by Nathaniel Currier (1813-1888) and James Merritt Ives (1824-1895), specialized in publishing hand colored lithographic prints that were sold inexpensively to the growing American middle class.
exhibit at the Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library in 2008.