Currier and Ives (1857-1907, American Printer)

Nathaniel Currier (1813-1888) and James Merritt Ives (1824-1895) founded the American printmaking firm Currier and Ives.  The New York City firm was famous for its hand painted lithographs by well-known artists. Easily reproducible, they were inexpensive and popular. The firm described itself as “Publishers of Cheap and Popular Prints”.

Nathaniel started out as an apprentice in a Boston lithography shop and went on to work in Philadelphia for the noted engraver and printer M.E.D. Brown.  Currier first partnered with Stodart and sold music manuscripts, but unhappy with the lack of sales, Currier ended the partnership in 1835 and started working alone.  One of his first lithographs, “Merchant’s Exchange”, was so popular that it sold thousands of copies in just days.  Because the lithograph depicted a current news item, a fire in the business district of New York, Currier went on to produce more lithographs based on news events such as the “Awful Conflagration of the Steam Boat Lexington”.

Currier and Ives first partnered in 1857.  Currier was impressed with Ives devotion to the company as the bookkeeper and accountant and noticed his ability to sense what the public wanted.

Currier and Ives lithographs were especially popular amongst the Victorians and their new found love of nature.  Animals, and especially cats, became subjects of their prints and decorated many American homes.

After the deaths of both Currier and Ives, their grandsons continued the business until 1907 when the firm closed due to the public’s lack of interest in lithographs due to improvements in photoengraving and offset printing.

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kitties among the roses Currier and Ives, cats in art

 

Currier and Ives kitties and cream

 

Currier and Ives kitties and dominoes, white cats

 


Currier and Ives, Kitty, grey cat, cats in art

 

Currier and Ives, kitty's breakfast, girl and cat

 

The Little Pets Currier & Ives

 

Little white kitties into mischief, currier & Ives, cats

 

My Kitty and Canary, Currier & Ives, cats in art

 

My little white kitties, Currier & Ives, cats in art

 

 

 

Currier and Ives, My little white Kitties, cats 

 

My little white kitty after the goldfish currier and Ives


Three white kitties, cats currier and ives

 

My little white kitties taking the cake

 

Kitty and Parrot, currier and ives

 

Pussy's return 1874-8, met mus of art

 

 

Ready for a Frolic 1874 Currier and Ives

 

The Playful Family, Currier & Ives

 

Three Jolly Kittens, white kittens

 

Three white kitties, white cats

 


 

Two little 'friad' cats,

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