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Through the Bayou by Torchlight
The great width and breadth of the Mississippi River has long been a subject of fascination for Americans. Currier & Ives, always responsive to the public's interests, issued more than thirty prints of life and activity on the river. Bucolic scenes, images of steam and flatboats and thrilling race scenes were all produced.
Through the Bayou by Torchlight is especially dramatic. The night scene was produced by showing a gradation in tone from white to gray to black and the bright colors of the flames from the torchlight help to illuminate the beautiful southern environment.
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