CURRIER, Nathaniel (publisher) - After Louis MAURER (1832-1932)
The Life of a Fireman. The race. - "Jump her boys, jump her!"
New York: Nathaniel Currier, 1854. Lithograph, coloured by hand, by and after Louis Maurer. (Expert repairs to marginal tears, one just touching the image area). Sheet size: 20 1/4 x 27 3/4 inches.
A dramatic fire-fighting scene: a fire-fighting team race towards a fire-glow in the background, urged on by their leader, they haul a wheeled water tank and pumper.
Louis Maurer was born in Germany, but after a short apprenticeship he emigrated to America. He arrived in New York in August 1851, and initially worked for T. W. Strong at 98 Nassau Street. After meeting Charles Currier, he visited his brother Nathaniel and showed him some of his work. Nathaniel was impressed but directed him to Ives who interviewed all new employees. He was immediately hired and put to work in the basement of 152 Nassau Street where he worked for eight years before leaving, initially because he was offered more money by a rival, but later to set up as a lithographic printer in his own right. This is one of a number of tableaux constituting The Life of the Fireman. It is particularly popular because it includes a view of the cupola and bell tower on City Hall, which later burned down, and because it demonstrates, as the whole series does, the valiant efforts of a volunteer FIre Department, of which Currier was a proud member.
Conningham 3519; Gale 3787.