Four men busy on river cutting and collecting blocks of ice to be pulled off river by horse drawn sled. Three figures in left background skating. Dog at front.
Winter in the Country. Getting Ice, illustrates the harsh, yet beautiful landscape of a New England winter. White painted highlights on the trees and in the foreground help create a frosty scene on a cold winter’s day. The image was adapted from a painting by George Durrie, a Connecticut artist known for landscapes set in his native state. Large folio prints such as this one, were painstakingly designed by the artists to include many realistic details. This image proved to be popular and was later reproduced as part of the 1937 calendar for Travelers Insurance Company, Hartford, Connecticut and on china plates on display nearby. Here, a number of men cut chunks of ice from a frozen lake and load the blocks onto a waiting horse-drawn cart. The building at the left may be an ice shed, a place where the ice, packed in straw or sawdust, was stored for several months. The dog, sitting on a blanket, adds a sense of hominess and comfort to the scene, trademarks of the Currier & Ives firm. In 1932, a dozen collectors of Currier & Ives prints met to determine the 50 large folio images they regarded as the best produced by the firm. Winter in the Country. Getting Ice was among them. In 1933, The New York Sun ran an image each day with a description of the print, much to the delight of the public. Interest in Currier & Ives prints escalated and the group met the next year to select the “Best 50” small folio images. Gift of Lenore B. and Sidney A. Alpert supplemented with Museum Acquisition Funds 2004.D03.539