New York: Currier & Ives, 1892. Parsons, Charles and Lyman Atwater. unbound. Original color lithograph. Image measures 26.25" x 38", with frame 32.25" x 44" very good(+).
An excellent example of the rare 1892 edition of a dramatic birds eye view of the port of New York. Included below the title is a list of fifty-seven references to sites of interest. At the center of the image is Castle Garden, originally an island and cultural hub with a world famous theater. The piece shows the building when it was still operating as the world's first immigration center. In 1892, when it was replaced by Ellis Island, Castle Garden returned to its roots of entertainment and became an aquarium. The flurry of activity in one of the world's busiest ports is palpable, with horse drawn streetcars along the Battery and boats and ships veering in and around Staten Island, Governor's Island, part of Brooklyn and New Jersey. The Statue of Liberty had just been completed in 1886. Currier & Ives called themselves the "Printmakers to the People" and they produced thousands of images that chronicled the growth of the United States. Founded in 1834, Currier & Ives produced high quality lithographs until the business closed in 1907. The piece has been expertly restored and is framed and sealed with padded rabbet and UF5 conservation plexiglass.