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DARKTOWN SERIES: DE BOSS ROOSTER by Currier & Ives - 1882 - from David M. Lesser, Fine Antiquarian Books LLC (SKU: 34058)


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New York: Currier & Ives, 1882. 13 -1/2" x 17-3/4". Full color lithograph depicting seven Negro men looking at two roosters in the center, one rooster lying dead with its feathers scattered about, the other standing over it in triumph. The men on the winning side of the bet point at their rooster and celebrate; those on the losing side stare quizzically at their dead rooster. Several onlookers in the background peer over the fence. Facsimile signature of Thos. Worth [1834-1917] , a New York comic and genre artist best known for his work with Currier & Ives. Printed beneath picture, "PUBLISHED BY CURRIER & IVES, COPYRIGHT, 1882, BY CURRIER & IVES, N.Y., 115 NASSAU ST., NEW YORK." Light tanning. A bit of blank margin wear [minor spotting, a few closed tears and small chips, not affecting illustration or text]. Good+. Currier & Ives introduced its Darktown series around 1879; the firm issued about 75 related prints over the next eleven years. The Darktown Series depicted the usual offensive racist stereotypes: Negroes portrayed as stupid, with grossly distorted facial features and mannerisms, unable to master any daily activities. Examples were scenes of bumbling Negro firemen; attempts of clumsy Negroes attempting to play baseball or football; overdressed Negro men and women walking around with white onlookers staring at them with disgust; and the eating of watermelon. Although some lithographs were unsigned, most of the Darktown Series were created by artist Thomas Worth. The Series was extremely popular; one print sold about 73,000 copies. The Currier & Ives website explains, "The Thomas Worth 'Darktown' prints are included in this gallery because they reflect an important era in the history of the United States. It should be noted that most of the Darktown series, if viewed with an objective eye, portray the African American community in a light hearted vein, and not in an overly malicious one. This was an important step in the education of American society." ["Darktown Prints Gallery", Currier & Ives website, accessed on August 11, 2017.] Gale, CURRIER & IVES. A CATALOGUE RAISONNE, 0692. Conningham, CURRIER & IVES PRINTS. AN ILLUSTRATED CHECK LIST, 620.


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All items guaranteed as described, and subject to prior sale. Any item returnable for any reason within ten days after receipt, in same condition as sent, for refund of purchase price. My liability limited to purchase price paid. Wrappers described when present; 'dbd' means disbound. Non-U.S. shipments charged at cost. We observe all customs regulations.

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About David M. Lesser, Fine Antiquarian Books LLC

The Company, formed in 1989, specializes in the cultural, political, and social history of the Americas. Since 1993 David M. Lesser, Fine Antiquarian Books LLC has been a member of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers. David M. Lesser is also a member of the American Antiquarian Society. Located in New Haven's suburb of Woodbridge, Connecticut, visitors are welcome by appointment. We issue six printed catalogues annually.


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