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Steamboat Illustrations, Currier & Ives - Page 1


Champions of the Mississippi LOC 35 percent for NORI

From the Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online Catalog at loc.gov

It appears that Fanny Palmer worked in a medium that resembles a charcoal pencil. The drawing is very interesting to look at in high resolution with Palmer's subtle line technique which produced a variety of rich textures. Currier & Ives also issued a color version of this image (BELOW), which was hand-painted, probably limited editions that were purchase by folks who framed and hung them on the walls at home and/or office.

Champions of the Mississippi: "A race for the Buckhorns" (The Queen of the West at center and the Morning Star on the right)

Fanny Palmer (1812-1876) artist

Lithograph published by Currier & Ives, circa 1866.

Currier & Ives CHAMPIONS DeSaturated REDUCED for NORI EXP

Currier & Ives 1855 Mayflower color 33 percent EXPORT

A Currier & Ives beauty from 1855, the MAYFLOWER from St. Louis to New Orleans under Captain Joseph Brown. Nice image of a "double decker." Scanned this off a 1950's calendar and by taking the yellow out of the color lithograph and the margins it looks like it's been freshly printed.

Currier & Ives COLOR rounding a bend Queen of the West

Another Fanny Palmer triumph in the same style as her "Champions" sent previously, also from the Library of Congress. Rounding a Bend and the Champions were both transformed into night time scenes in the Currier & Ives color prints. A sky rocket was being fired off the top deck at the stern of the Queen of the West that described an arc into the sky which was very effective in the night time version but didn't make much sense in the black and white rendering so it is absent here.

"Rounding a bend" on the Mississippi: the parting salute

(The Queen of the West in starboard profile)

Lithograph published by Currier & Ives, circa 1866.

Below is the color version with the sky rocket visible.

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Currier & Ives DETAIL Low Water on the MISSISSIPPI reduced 25 percent for NORI exp

Third graphic that Fanny Palmer rendered for Currier & Ives. This is a detail of the steamboats on the river. To the left of this was a plantation house on a bluff and in the foreground a cabin with negro "slaves" or "freed slaves" dancing happily. Palmer's strength lay in landscapes and steamboats but her stylized African Americans are uncomfortably grotesque and this version without them is focused on the subjects we're interested in.

Low water in the Mississippi Published by Currier & Ives, circa 1867

Currier & Ives Midnight Race Sharp 33 percent EXP for Nori

Currier & Ives - A Midnight Race on the Mississippi, 1860

Currier & Ives WOODING UP ON THE MISSISSIPPI Fanny Palmer 1863 33 percent for NORI exp

Currier & Ives - "Wooding up" on the Mississippi 1860





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