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1844 “The Presidents of the United States” by N. Currier

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1844-Dated Hand-Colored Engraving titled, “The Presidents of the United States” from George Washington to the “President-Elect - James Polk” by Nathaniel Currier, Spruce St., New York, Framed, Very Fine.

This colorful patriotic and political theme Engraving by noted engraver Nathaniel Currier (of Currier and Ives fame) featuring oval Portraits of the first eleven Presidents of the United States from George Washington to the “President-Elect - James Polk” in 1844. Given central prominence is George Washington, his portrait being larger than the others and centered above Currier’s engraving after John Trumbull’s iconic Painting of the “Signing of the Declaration of Independence”. Currier’s plate measures 9” x 13.25” and is decoratively gold-gilt wooden framed under Plexiglas to an overall size of about 17.25” x 21.5”. The colors remain relatively deep adding eye appeal. The paper has uniform tone and shows some trivial dampstaining on the bottom right edge. We have seen similar examples offered, priced for upwards of $2,000 with one example in similar condition currently being offered retail online at $3,250. A handsome historic framed presentation that is ready to hang on display.
"The Presidents of the US," Original Handcolored Lithograph by Nathaniel Currier:

Nathaniel Currier was born March 27, 1813 to Nathaniel and Hannah Currier in Roxbury, Massachusetts. At the age of fifteen he was apprenticed to William S. and John Pendleton of Boston who had set up the first lithographic establishment in America. His apprenticeship served him well as he went on to be the largest publisher of lithographs. Mr. Maurer described Nat Currier as being very gentlemanly and liberal. As is evident to the success of the firm of Currier & Ives he was very devoted to his business.

Nat Currier had many friends including Horace Greely and P.T. Barnum. He was well known for his sense of humor and Harry T. Peters tells one story about P. T. Barnum. "Currier had heard that one day his friend, the great showman, had rushed into the barber shop of the old Park Hotel, at Beekman and Nassau Streets, to get a shave. Barnum had hurried up to Tom Higginson, the barber, and said, 'Tom, I'm in a hurry.' 'Sorry for it,' said Tom, 'but it's that gentleman's turn next.' 'That gentleman' was an unshaven irshman waiting for a ten-cent shave. Barnum turned to him and said, 'My friend, if you will let me have your turn, I'll pay for what you have done.' The gentleman consented, and, as Barnum found out later, had a full job done - absolutely everything the house had. The check was for a dollar and sixty cents. When Currier heard this story he found the very Irishman and had him pose. The result was the famous cartoon, "The Man that Gave Barnum 'His Turn.'"

Nathaniel was married twice; his first wife was Miss Eliza West of Boston. He had one son with Eliza, Edward West Currier. In 1847 he married Miss Laura Ormsbee of Vermont. Laura and Nathaniel are memorialized in the famous N. Currier lithograph The Road Winter.

He lived at several addresses in New York City including 153 Macdougal Street, 137 Macdougal Street and 28 West 27th Street. He had a summer house called "The Lion's Mouth" in Amesbury, Massachusetts. He was known to like fast horses and he kept several in Amesbury. Nathaniel died on November 20, 1888 at his home on 28 west 27th Street.
Lot Number: 278
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