On the Coast of California – Currier & Ives

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

3 thoughts on “On the Coast of California – Currier & Ives

  1. Artistic license, indeed. The “snowy mountains to swim in the sea in one day” theme was sold in many images of California.

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