Music Hath Charms!, Currier & Ives

D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts

Two cats on roof top. White cat at left with front paws crossed, white, grey, blue tinted cat to right playing instrument.

The phrase “Music Hath Charms” was coined by poet William Congreve, in The mourning bride, 1697: Musick has Charms to sooth a savage Breast, To soften Rocks, or bend a knotted Oak. In the comic print, two cats sit on a roof in front of a chimney and sing, while one plays a mandolin. Currier & Ives may have been inspired by the loud crying that cats often make in the evening.

Object Creator
Currier & Ives (American, 1834-1907)
Object Creation Date
1875
Medium
Hand-colored lithograph
Dimensions
13 1/2 x 17 3/4 inches
Credit
Gift of Lenore B. and Sidney A. Alpert supplemented with Museum Acquistions Funds
Accession Number
2004.D03.031
On View?
No
Image Request
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