CURRIER & IVES (publishers); - Charles PARSONS (1844-1918) and Lyman ATWATER (1835-1891)
The City of New York
New York: Currier & Ives, 1876. Hand-coloured lithographed bird's-eye view, after and on stone by Parsons & Atwater. Numerous unnumbered references in the lower margin. Sheet size: 27 1/2 x 39 inches.
A fine panoramic bird's-eye view of the city of New York from the south, published by Currier & Ives.
The developed city stretches to the horizon, with many familiar buildings easily identifiable and with Central Park clearly delineated in the far distance. Both the East River and the Hudson filled with ship traffic, including images of the steamers Massachusetts, Providence, and City of New York. Perhaps the most surprising feature is the large view of the "Great East River Suspension Bridge" (i.e. the Brooklyn Bridge), in anticipation of its completion some seven years following the publication of this view.
Currier and Ives were the most famous lithographic print publishers of the 19th century. Among their vast body of work are a number of topographical views; these are usually restricted to the large metropolises and especially New York, which was not only their home town but also their largest market. Their strategy to attract their audience appears to have been to create very large, highly detailed views from a breathtaking bird's-eye perspective, and to issue new editions of this view to keep up with the ever-changing skyline of the city.
Conningham 1107; Gale 1220; Reps 2721.