The Great Mississippi Steamboat Race, Currier & Ives

D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts

Daylight scene. ROBERT E. LEE to left, NATCHEZ, to right. ROBERT E LEE flying two American flags; NATCHEZ’s banners “New Orleans”, and “Vicksburg”. Duplicate title and image (2004.D04.068 FAC #2629). Difference is that .068 is an evening scene. It also details the time at 3 days, 18 hours, 14 mins. This print, .350 details time at 3 days, 18 hours and 30 minutes. Distance 1210 miles.

The Great Steamboats on the Mississippi River The great width and breadth of the Mississippi River has long been a subject of fascination for Americans. Currier & Ives, always responsive to the public’s interests, issued more than thirty prints of life and activity on the river. Bucolic scenes, images of steam and flatboats and thrilling boat races were among the most popular, and most reproduced, of Currier & Ives images. The four small folios displayed on this wall are authentic prints produced during the 19th century. The larger print, The Champions of the Mississippi, displayed in a historically-accurate period frame, is a high-quality reproduction. Though the image is the same size as a large authentic print, the paper is the wrong texture, the colors are too bright and the picture appears flat. The work looks hand-colored, but under magnification the design reveals tiny dots of color, called pixilation, which indicates that it was not produced through a lithographic process. Gift of Lenore B. and Sidney A. Alpert supplemented with Museum Acquisition Funds Great Mississippi Steam Boat Race, 1870, 2004.D03.068

Object Creator
Currier & Ives (American, 1834-1907)
Object Creation Date
Hand-colored lithograph
17 x 13 1/4 inches
Gift of Lenore B. and Sidney A. Alpert supplemented with Museum Acquistions Funds
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