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Through the Bayou by Torchlight

Evening scene. Steamship sailing down bayou surrounded by trees with torches lit on either side of ship. People on staircase at front of ship at center of image. From the Inventory Listing of Sidney A. Alpert "Through the Bayou by Torchlight [New BEST 50] - S "

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 30 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 through 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. Vivid tones and bold lines make this a print to remember.

Date: Undated

Artists: Currier & Ives
Medium: Hand-colored lithograph
Measurements: 17 5/8 x 13 1/2 inches
Access Number: 2004-D03-592
Gift of Lenore B. and Sidney A. Alpert supplemented with Museum Acquistions Funds

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