A Home on the Mississippi., Currier & Ives

D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts

House to right. Paddleboat on river to left. Horse and carriage and two passengers riding down lane in center. A second carriage with three passengers heading in opposite directions.

Though New England scenes of rural homelife were the most common, Currier & Ives produced prints of homes from all areas of the country. This print illustrates the firm’s frequent motif of a two-story home, this time set next to the Mississippi River. Produced six years after the Civil War, the image features African-Americans in significant locations including in the background plantation, riding in a carriage with a white couple, near the house’s front gate and walking along the river bank. A paddle steamship and Spanish moss complete the southern scene. The print may hold the record for the Currier & Ives image most reproduced. It is estimated that “A Home on the Mississippi” has been copied over 3.5 billion times for the label on Southern Comfort liquor bottles.

Object Creator
Currier & Ives (American, 1834-1907)
Object Creation Date
Hand-colored lithograph
11 1/4 x 14 7/8 inches
Gift of Lenore B. and Sidney A. Alpert supplemented with Museum Acquistions Funds
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