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It is more than 20 miles from the nearest port at Mount Desert Island and sits on a rock that’s 17 feet above sea level at its highest point.Perhaps that’s why Currier & Ives misnamed the print as The current granite tower replaced a short wooden tower in 1847.
Here’s what it looks like now: Mount Desert Light is the farthest land from which a New England coast lighthouse shines its beacon.Unfortunately, it’s hard to tell exactly where Durrie's barns, gristmills and ice-covered ponds actually are (or were).Durrie painted several scenes at the Jones Inn (pictured above), identified as near Farmington, Conn.The Philadelphia Print Shop, for example, lists the print of the shows yachts, a steamboat and several rowboats in a harbor at Newport, R. Here’s how Newport looks today: Lake Memphremagog is a glacial lake between Newport, Vt., and Magog, Quebec. The name Memphremagog is derived from the Algonkian language and means ‘where there is a big expanse of water.’ The Currier & Ives print from 1860 shows a shepherd with three sheep, sitting on a knoll looking across lake with islands and Owls Head in the background. Photos: East Rock neighborhood, By Emilie Foyer - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=31125004; Boston from Long Wharf, By Chris Wood (User:chris_j_wood).It produced two kinds of prints: rush prints of news events and stock prints of American life, including landscapes, religion, entertainment, sports, games, home life and city views.
Currier & Ives’ most popular and enduring images are of the New England countryside, especially in winter.Maurer's prints, many of them dating back to the middle of the nineteenth century. The firm got its start in Roxbury, Mass., before hitting on its formula for success in New York City.Currier & Ives nautical prints were popular then and they are popular now.In 1932, a dozen Currier & Ives experts selected what they considered the 50 best large Currier & Ives prints. The series was so popular that another 50 ‘best of’ small prints were chosen and run in the newspaper.Pierce was actually born in a log cabin next door while his father, former Gov. Today the Pierce homestead is a National Historic Landmark, open to visitors during the summer season.