Nathaniel Currier

Nathaniel Currier (1813 - 1888)

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Nathaniel Currier
Born in Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusettsmap
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Died in Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts, USAmap
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Nathaniel Currier[1] was born in Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts on March 27, 1813[2]. His parents were Nathaniel Currier and Hannah Currier. Nathaniel's father died when he was young and he and his brother went to work in support of the family. When he was fifteen he was apprenticed with a Boston printing company.

Nathaniel married first Eliza West Farnsworth. They had two children, the second dying in infancy:

  1. Edward West Currier 1841-1907 [3]
  2. West Currier May 1843-July 1843[4]

Eliza passed away 18 May 1843 after the birth of her second child, [5] and Nathaniel married second Lura Ormsbee about 1847.[6]

Lura gave birth to Currier's third child, who passed away in infancy.

  1. Walter B. Currier May 1849-1850[7]

Lura Ormsbee Currier passed away 21 January 1902. [8]

Eventually Currier would start his own business after the firm that employed him folded and he was left with a few sparse lithographic tools at his disposal. He set up shop and specialized in lithographic prints.

In 1850, James Ives joined the business and when they put their skills together they were very successful. Continuing to produce landscapes and prints that portrayed Victorian scenes proved to have a large audience. They are best known for Christmas scenes showing winery landscapes. In addition Currier and Ives branched out into graphic characterizations of current events, political happenings and more.

Together, Currier and Ives produced about 7,500 images. They are most famous in modern times for those wintry Victorian scenes of Christmas past.

Currier retired from his firm in 1880, and turned the business over to his son Edward. Over the years millions of prints have sold and the scenes are instantly recognizable, as is the term "like a scene from Currier and Ives."

Nathaniel died on November 20, 1888.

Research Notes

If anyone can find information on any of the siblings of Nathaniel Currier, please add them. Especially Charles Jacob Currier this part of the puzzle seems to lead in lots of interesting directions. Your input is appreciated.

=== Currier & Ives ===

Lithographer. He co-founded the “Currier and Ives” lithography company. Born in Roxbury, Massachusetts, he attended public school until age fifteen, when he was apprenticed to the Boston, Massachusetts printing firm of William and John Pendleton, who were the first successful lithographers in the United States. Lithography was only recently been invented in Europe, and Currier learned the process in their shop. The following year, Currier moved to New York City, New York, where he was to start a new business with John Pendleton. Pendleton backed out, and the new firm became Currier and Stodart, which lasted only one year. In 1835, Currier started his own lithographic business as an eponymous sole proprietorship. He initially engaged in standard lithographic business of printing sheet music, letterheads, handbills, etc. However, he soon took his work in a new direction, creating pictures of current events. In late 1835, he issued a print illustrating a recent fire in New York, “Ruins of the Merchant's Exchange N.Y. after the Destructive Conflagration of Decbr 16 & 17, 1835” was published by the “New York Sun”, just four days after the fire, and was an early example of illustrated news. In 1840, Currier began to move away from job printing and into independent print publishing. In that year, the Sun published his print “Awful Conflagration of the Steam Boat 'Lexington' in Long Island Sound on Monday Eveg Jany 13th 1840, by Which Melancholy Occurrence Over 100 Persons Perished”, another documentation of a news event, three days after the disaster; the print sold thousands of copies. In 1850 James Ives came to work for Currier's firm as bookkeeper. He quickly set out to improve and modernize his new employer's bookkeeping methods. He reorganized the firm's sizable inventory, and used his artistic skills to streamline the firm's production methods. By 1857, Nathaniel Currier had become so dependent on Ives’ skills and initiative that he offered him a full partnership in the firm and appointed him general manager. The two men chose the name “Currier & Ives” for the new partnership, and became close friends. Nathaniel retired from his firm in 1880, and turned the business over to his son. He was 75 years old at the time of his death.

Bio by: Shock

Sources

  1. Wikipedia - Nathaniel Currier
  2. The Essex Institute, Vital Records of Roxbury, Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849 Volume I - Births (Salem, Mass. 1925)(Available at Ancestry.com) p. 83
  3. Find A Grave, database and images : accessed 27 July 2019, memorial page for Edward West Currier (20 May 1841–2 Apr 1907), Find A Grave: Memorial #101707584 citing Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA ; Maintained by Ray Gurganus (contributor 47340841).
  4. Find A Grave, database and images : accessed 27 July 2019, memorial page for West Currier (17 May 1843–Jul 1843), Find A Grave: Memorial #101707592 citing Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA ; Maintained by Ray Gurganus (contributor 47340841) .
  5. Find A Grave, database and images : accessed 27 July 2019, memorial page for Eliza West Farnsworth Currier (19 Feb 1818–18 May 1843), Find A Grave: Memorial #101707585 citing Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA ; Maintained by Ray Gurganus (contributor 47340841).
  6. Does anyone know if there is a connection between Eliza West Farnsworth and the Farnsworth Art Museum?
  7. Find A Grave, database and images : accessed 27 July 2019) memorial page for Walter B. Currier (8 May 1849–1850), Find A Grave: Memorial #101707591 citing Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA ; Maintained by Ray Gurganus (contributor 47340841).
  8. Find A Grave, database and images : accessed 27 July 2019, memorial page for Lura Ormsbee Currier (18 Apr 1824–21 Jan 1902), Find A Grave: Memorial #101707589 citing Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA ; Maintained by Ray Gurganus (contributor 47340841).


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