Into the Mischief, Currier & Ives

D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts

Young girl in red dress sitting on floor behind a top hat into which she is pouring milk and stirring with an umbrella. Toys and household items on floor around her.

After Louis Maurer American, 1832-1932 A collector of sea shells, a flutist and an excellent marksman, Louis Maurer began his career as a designer of prints and lithographer in 1852, after traveling from Germany to New York. At the age of 50, he attended the Gotham Art School and later studied with William Merritt Chase at the National Academy of Design. Considering himself a painter later in his life, he made two extensive trips West, one of them in 1885, as the guest of Buffalo Bill Cody. On the second trip, he painted numerous Rocky Mountain scenes and animal depictions. At the age of 99, he had his first solo exhibition, which was held in New York City. Though Maurer is best-known for producing some of Currier & Ives finest firefighting and horseracing images, he also created sentimental pictures. Here, a grinning little girl sits behind a top hat and happily pours the contents of a cup into it, stirring it with an umbrella. She has one shoe on and one shoe off. An empty plate to the left implies that the other ingredients have already been added to the hat. The girl has draped a lace collar over the brim and has dropped her doll, head-first, into the pitcher at the right.

Object Creator
Currier & Ives (American, 1834-1907)
Object Creation Date
Hand-colored lithograph
21 3/4 x 28 3/4 inches
Gift of Lenore B. and Sidney A. Alpert supplemented with Museum Acquistions Funds
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