The Little Fireman, Currier & Ives

D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts

Young boy with horn, wearing hat of Chief Engineer, proper left arm raised and hand held palm out toward viewer.

After Louis Maurer American, 1832-1932 The Little Fireman is one of several sentimental pictures created by Louis Maurer for Currier & Ives. Children were a favorite subject of 19th-century genre paintings. For middle-class Americans, childhood was a time when young girls and boys had the freedom to play and explore. Idealized portraits of children, produced by Currier & Ives, decorated the walls of America’s bedrooms and nurseries. In this image, a young boy is dressed as a fireman and is wearing a helmet that is inscribed, “Chief Engineer.” He holds a horn in his right hand and appears to be trying to capture someone’s attention. Maurer produced more than one hundred images for the lithography firm.

Object Creator
Currier & Ives (American, 1834-1907)
Object Creation Date
Hand-colored lithograph
27 x 20 inches
Gift of Lenore B. and Sidney A. Alpert supplemented with Museum Acquistions Funds
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