Currier & Ives Americana Art Mississippi River The Levee New Orleans William Aiken Walker
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Vintage 65+-year-old print by CURRIER & IVES Titled The Levee New Orleans. Print from 1955, not a modern reproduction. The original print was from 1883 WA Walker. Would look great matted & framed. Perfect for office or den. Very Good condition, Great colors for old print! The Levee New Orleans 1884 After William Aiken Walker William Aiken Walker (1838-1921), who spent much of his life in Charleston, South Carolina, or traveling around the American South after the Civil War, was known primarily for his paintings of plantation life & New Orleans scenes. During the 1880s, when he made frequent trips up & down the Mississippi River, he made numerous paintings featuring black sharecroppers picking cotton & the bustling commercial activity in New Orleans. There, cotton brokers & wholesale warehouses lined the river levees so goods could be easily loaded (and unloaded) onto steamboats involved in national & international trade. Since colonial times, levees (embankments to help prevent an overflowing river) were constructed to protect New Orleans from the periodic flooding of the Mississippi. The New York-based firm of Currier & Ives decided to make this lithograph after one of Walker's paintings to appeal to prospective Southern customers, some of whom may have had business concerns in the South's most prosperous city. in this New Orleans port scene, Aiken depicted a large pier filled with piles of goods (sacks, barrels, lumber, etc.) & wagons loaded with cargo. in the left & right foreground, black men & boys rest on piles of sacks; to the right of lower center, two white men stand conversing. The vista of this cargo-filled wharf extends to the background, where numerous steamboats puffing smoke are docked along the Mississippi River. ABOUT THE ARTISTS Nathaniel Currier (1813-1888) & James Merritt Ives (1824-1895) were partners in the firm of Currier & Ives, the most important 19th-century lithographic company in America. Their prints were widely sold across the nation. Currier & Ives Americana Art Mississippi River The Levee New Orleans William Aiken Walker



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