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T.S. Robins. "The Iron Steam Yacht 'Alexandria,' 416 Tons." London: Messrs. Fores, 1852. Lithograph by E.T. Dolby. 12 x 17 1/2. Original hand color. Very good condition.

A lovely example of one of "Fores's Marine Sketches," this showing the steam yacht "Alexandria," which was built for Tsar of Russia in England. The yacht, shows steaming by a number of other ships and a light-boat, appears sleek and luxurious. A pair of small boats with fishermen using a net appear in the foreground. A very good example of British marine art from the middle of the nineteenth century. $1,200

On the Mississippi
"On The Mississippi." New York: Currier & Ives, 1869. Lithograph. Orginal hand color. Small folio; 8 x 12 1/2. Wide margins. Very good condition. C:4606.

A classic small folio, Currier & Ives Mississippi paddlewheeler print. $1,400

"A Race On The Mississippi." New York: Currier & Ives, 1870. Small folio. 8 x 12 1/2. With conserved wear at left. C:5042. $975

Midnight Race on the Mississippi
"Midnight Race On The Mississippi." New York: Currier & Ives, 1875. Lithograph. Original hand color. Small folio. 9 x 13 1/4. Very good condition. C:4117. New Best 50: 9.

The most popular of the small folio Currier & Ives paddle-wheeler prints, this was voted as the #9 best small folio print in the American Historical Print Collectors Society New Best 50 vote in 1988. $1,800

"The magnificent new Steamer Puritan, built of steel and iron." Currier & Ives, 1889. Medium folio. 9 1/2 x 14 7/8. C:3874. $1,800
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Midnight Race
"Midnight Race On The Mississippi." New York: Thomas Kelly, ca. 1870. 18 1/4 x 25 1/4. Lithograph. Original hand coloring. Good margins. Very good condition.

A dramatic image of nineteenth-century America by the mid-century publisher, Thomas Kelly. Kelly was one of the more successful and impressive publishers of the period, creating archetypal and idyllic views of all areas of life in America, views which were then hugely popular. Kelly's work is distinctive for strong coloring and vivid, forthright compositions. This image is another example of the popular midnight race scene, but here showing the ships the Dana and the Fulton. The image of a bygone era is enhanced for the strong lithography and bright, cheerful color making for a completely engaging and nostalgic look back at earlier America. $1,400

Midnight Race on the Mississippi
"Midnight Race on the Mississippi." Boston: Haskell & Allen. 8 3/8 x 13. Original hand color. Narrow margins. Very good condition.

A charming small folio version of this popular theme. The text on one of the ships is in reverse, so this may be a transfer from another print. $750

Drew and St. John
Charles Parsons. "The Grandest Palace Drawing Room Steamers In The World, Drew and St. John, Of the People's Evening Line Between New York & Albany, Passing on the Hudson." New York: Currier & Ives, 1878. Large folio. 21 x 34 1/2. Tinted lithograph with hand highlights. A few short repaired tears at edges. Overall, very good condition. C:2541.

One of the most dramatic Currier & Ives steamer images, showing the impressive pair of steamers used by the People's Evening Line for their run on the Hudson. These were very large ships built for passenger comfort and amenities. The ships are shown steaming in opposite directions so that impressive detail could be shown of the both the bow and the stern areas of these wonderful ships. $4,800

Kuhler: Heavy Weather
Otto Kuhler. "Heavy Weather." 13 x 9 1/2. Etching. Signed in pencil. Very good condition.

Although best known for his industrial designs, Otto Kuhler (1894- 1977) is well regarded as a fine artist and draftsman. Born in Germany, Kuhler was the sole heir to his family's successful steel business, Kuhler Forges. After WWI however, the business and his family's fortune were in ruins. After living briefly in Dusseldorf, and partly due to the advice of friend Joseph Pennell, he took up etching and emigrated to the States in 1923. Otto Kuhler's etchings of begrimed industry sprang from the same optimistic response to technology that led to his colorful streamlined designs for the Milwaukee, Lehigh and other railroads in the 1930's. His prints bridge art and industry, freely-sketched scenes that celebrate precise engineering and industrial might. This merging of industry and art proved so successful that after years of submitting designs, a locomotive based on Kuhler's designs was built. The engine, Hiawatha, rolled out of the Schenectady, New York yard in May, 1935. It was the first streamlined steam locomotive to be built from scratch in America. This signaled the start of the next phase of his career- as a successful industrial designer. $850
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