CURRIER AND IVES, publishers (after Charles Parsons and Lyman Atwater) The City of St. Louis
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Published by New York: Currier and Ives, 1874
Lithograph with hand coloring on wove paper (Image: 20 1/2 x 32 ½ in.; 57.8 x 82.8 cm. Sheet: 28 1/4 x 39 3/4 in.; 72 x 110 cm), being an aerial view of the city with 32 unnumbered references to businesses, schools, houses of worship, railroads, hotels, government offices, and parks and gardens depicted therein. (65B2B) A STRIKING GRAND FORMAT VIEW OF ST. LOUIS, THE "GATEWAY TO THE WEST." THE RAREST OF THE CURRIER AND IVES PRINTS. With its ideal natural port for overland commerce returning east and the creation of the transcontinental railroad, St. Louis became a fulcrum of economic activity for agriculture and trade, as well as the departure point for those seeking their fortunes in the mines of the west. Parsons and Atwater's detailed depiction of this sprawling urban center is a testament to its exponential growth in prosperity, particularly along the banks of the Missouri River. "The names of the steamers are as colorful as their appearance, and we can distinguish a good number. Beginning at the left, we see the "Robert E. Lee," the "Natchez," the "Richmond," the "City of Cairo," the "James Howard," the "Memphis," the "De Smet," the "Andy Johnson," the "Great Republic," the "Pike," the "Susie Silver," the "Mississippi," and the "Cahokia" (Deák, p. 566). Some of the landmarks that are pointed out in the 32 captioned references are: Shaw's Botanical Garden, the Compton Hill Reservoir, the market, the Insane Asylum, three railroad depots-including the Pacific and the Missouri railroads-City Hall, the Laclede Hotel, Missouri Park, St. Louis University, and the Court House with its magificent neo-classical dome. Eric P. Newman (Kennedy Galleries, invoice dated 18 September 1958; sale, Leslie Hindman, 23 November 2018, lot 8) Conningham, Currier & Ives Prints (1983), 1117; Deák, Picturing America 835; Reps, Cities of the American West, pl. 1, after p.192; Reps, Cities on Stone, p. 96; Reps, Views and Viewmakers of Urban America, 2051.