Bear Hunting. Close Quarters, Currier & Ives

D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts

Winter scene of bear attaching hunter who is lying face down in snow. Three dogs surround bear, a fourth on way. A hunter preparing to fire rifle at bear stands at right background. Black and white with red and blue added for color in areas.

In this dramatic scene, a bear devours a hunter while his partner and his dogs try to kill the wild beast. Currier & Ives primarily produced hunting scenes that portrayed the successful sportsman, however, some images were created to sensationalize the hunt. Currier & Ives capitalized on tales of hunters who battled hand-to-claw or hand-to-horn with wild animals. In this print the bear is the victor.

Object Creator
Currier & Ives (American, 1834-1907)
Object Creation Date
Hand-colored lithograph
14 3/4 x 11 inches
Gift of Lenore B. and Sidney A. Alpert supplemented with Museum Acquistions Funds
Accession Number
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