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Currier & Ives, Dogs and Mouse, Who’s Afraid of You, Antique Print, 1868 (Sold)

Who’s Afraid of You?
Currier & Ives, New York: 1868
Hand colored lithograph
8.5 x 12 inches, image
10 x 14 inches, overall

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Four puppies in a straw-covered barn or stable cower at the sight of a small brown rat emerging from a crack in the wood floor, with the caption “Who’s Afraid of You?” Such comic genre scenes of animals were popular subjects of Currier & Ives prints.

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The lithography firm of Currier & Ives was founded in 1834 by Nathaniel Currier as N. Currier, Lithographer, and based in New York. In 1852, he brought his brother-in-law, James Merritt Ives, into the business and renamed the firm Currier & Ives five years later. They were extremely prolific and highly successful, producing almost 7,500 different separately issued art prints through the 19th century until 1907, aptly advertising themselves as “Print-makers to the American People.” Their prints were issued in either small, medium or large folio, though some particularly popular images were issued in more than one size. Dozens of American artists in the mid 19th century painted primarily for lithographic reproduction by Currier & Ives and other firms. To please a broad audience, the firm presented a warmly positive vision of America, frequently sentimental, and sometimes with a touch of humor. Currier & Ives prints generally portrayed the American landscape, scenery and landmarks, including the westward expansion, as well as daily life in both urban and rural settings. Their sporting and maritime subjects were particularly popular. These prints are now highly collectible as records of American history, as fine works of American art, and for their decorative appeal.

Full publication information: Currier & Ives, 152 Nassau St., New York


Bonfante-Warren, Alexandra. Currier & Ives: Portraits of a Nation. New York: Friedman/Fairfax, 1998. pp. 9, 23-41.

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19th Century