Pastoral scene of house alongside brook with sheep on left bank and cattle wading in stream on right in image.
Currier & Ives produced more than fifty lithographs with the word “home” in the title and issued almost 350 images that featured a home in some way. This idyllic country picture is one of five different prints with the same title and illustrates a bucolic scene of cows and sheep grazing in front of a well-kept home. All of the images with the title of “Home Sweet Home” were inspired by the sentimental hit song of 1823 by John Howard Payne. The lyrics of the song read: “Mid pleasures and palaces, though we may roam, Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home; A charm from the skies, seems to hallow us there, Which seek through the world, is ne’er met with elsewhere. Home, home, sweet, sweet home, There’s no place like home. An exile from home, splendor dazzle in vain, O’ give me my lowly, thatched cottage again; The birds singing gaily that came at my call, Give me them with the peace of mind, dearer than all. Home, home, sweet, sweet home, There’s no place like home.