Currier & Ives Illustrations - Page 1

Champions of the Mississippi LOC 35 percent for NORI

From the Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online Catalog at

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.


Steamer Robt. E. Lee. Champion of the western waters [1870]

Published by E.H. Ross.
Western Map Emporium
313 Locust Street
St. Louis, MO

A. McLean Lithographer
St. Louis, MO

Reproduction Number: LC-DIG-pga-03963
(digital file from original print)

Library of Congress
Prints and Photographs Division
Washington, D.C. 20540

Collections: Popular Graphic Arts

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.


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


1876 Currier & Ives Steamboat and locomotive (2 of the milestones in the progress of America's first 100 years)

Detail from upper right corner of a Currier & Ives lithograph THE PROGRESS of the CENTURY 1776 - 1876

"The progress of the century - the lightning steam press, the electric telegraph, the locomotive, [and] the steamboat"

New York: Published by Currier & Ives, 1876.

10 1/2 x 13 inches

Man using telegraph in foreground; in background use of steam press, steamboat, and locomotive.

Library of Congress


Steamboat prints based on Currier & Ives lithographs

Copyright Diamond National Corporation
Diamond Match Division, New York, NY.

Set of 6 steamboats drawn in pen and ink and color added with translucent and opaque paint. Each based on boats that were featured in Currier & Ives prints circa 1850s & 60's. Artist was not credited. Possibly date from the 1950's. Probably obtained by originally by consumers who sent in "proof of purchase" from boxes of Diamond matches.

Each graphic is printed separately on white paper with the pictorial area measuring 4.60 x 6.55 inches plus .65 inch white margins around each. Very likely ended up matted and framed in a child's nursery at home.


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