Pastoral scene. Two horse teams pulling a wagon with sawn tree limbs across river from house on hill to other side.
Thomas Creswick painted many genre and landscape scenes. The Nearest Way in Summer Time is the only image by the artist that was reproduced by Currier & Ives. In this rural scene, a young man rides the second of four horses across a shallow stream. The last horse pulls a cart carrying two large tree trunks with a woman and her child perched on top of them. These sentimental lithographs by Currier & Ives often conveyed a carefree attitude toward farm life and chores.