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November 12, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Lecture #2: How Currier & Ives Pictured Nineteenth-Century America

$12 (members $10)

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with Bryan LeBeau, Professor, Georgetown University and the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and Author 

Thanks to Currier & Ives, 19th-century America was the best illustrated period in the nation’s history. But is the America the company pictured an accurate historical record or a romanticized imaging of the past? What visual elements made their images so appealing both in the U.S. and abroad, and to what purpose? LeBeau examines how Currier & Ives created a usable past for the new nation, and how the company pictured urban and rural life, America’s pride of place, the frontier, the family, and Victorian ideals including how Thanksgiving and Christmas were presented in a Currier & Ives America.

Image: Frances Palmer, American (born England), 1812–1876, Winter Moonlight, 1866. Lithograph, Joslyn Art Museum, Gift of Conagra Brands.

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November 12, 2021
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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Florence Griswold Museum
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Old Lyme, CT 06371 United States
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