Currier & Ives lithographed the West for the railroad. The coastal scene above presents a California that is both abundant and simple. A magnificent mountain peaks above clouds. Ships harbor in the distance and a man walks with his burros towards the village along the coast road.
Idyllic. Edenic. An untouched world available to possibility.
Other lithographs of the West by Currier & Ives.
Sharper colors displayed at David Rumsey.
Someone paid $5,175 for one at Christie’s.
This post written by Anneliese Agren