Nathaniel Currier, publisher (American, 1813-1888)
THE LIFE OF A FIREMAN: The Night Alarm.- "Start her lively boys.," 1854 (Conningham, 3518). Identified in inscriptions in the matrix, signed by the original lithographer with inscription "Louis Maurer Nov.20th 1930/Lithographed by me 1854/autographed by me in my 99 year." Lithograph with hand-coloring on paper, sheet size 20 1/2 x 28 3/8 in., in a later molded giltwood frame, the backing bears a label from Hirschl & Adler Galleries Inc. Condition: Margins of 1 1/4 in. or more, minor toning, two unobtrusive repaired tears into image c.l. and l.l., three repaired margin tears, small losses to lower corners.
Note: This lithograph ranked no. 34 in the original Best 50.
Repaired tears into image: One vertical about 3 in.lg. about 1/4 in. into image; the other about 1 in. lg. about 1 1/4 in. into image. Margin tear center rt. about 1 in. lg. , two are about 1/2 in., one from left corner loss- vertical about 1 in.