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Guide to the New-York Historical Society Collection of Currier & Ives Prints
1844-1880
 PR 230

New-York Historical Society
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New York, NY 10024
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Collection processed by Larry Weimer

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Biographical / Historical

Currier & Ives was a successful American printmaking firm headed by Nathaniel Currier (1813-1888) and James Merritt Ives (1824-1895). Based in New York City from 1834 to 1907, the prolific firm produced prints from paintings by fine artists as black and white lithographs that were hand colored. The name Currier & Ives first appeared in 1857, when Currier invited James Merritt Ives, the company's bookkeeper and accountant, to become his partner. Currier died in 1888; Ives remained active in the firm until his death in 1895. Both Currier's and Ives's sons followed their fathers in the business, which was eventually liquidated in 1907. (Source: Library of Congress authorities record)