|Birth Day:||March 27, 1813|
|Death Date:||Nov 20, 1888 (age 75)|
|Birth Place:||Boston, United States|
Massachusetts-born lithographer who co-founded the print company, Currier & Ives, with James Ives. He gained fame with the 1835 print, "Ruins of the Merchant's Exchange N.Y. after the Destructive Conflagration of Decbr 16 & 17, 1835," that was published in the New York Sun.
As per our current Database, Nathaniel Currier died on Nov 20, 1888 (age 75).
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He became an apprentice when he was 15 to William and John Pendleton's Boston printing firm. He worked as a volunteer fireman in the 1850s in New York.
Currier was born in Roxbury, Massachusetts, to Nathaniel and Hannah Currier. He attended public school until age fifteen, when he was apprenticed to the Boston printing firm of William and John Pendleton. The Pendletons were the first successful lithographers in the United States, lithography having only recently been invented in Europe. Currier learned the process in their shop. He subsequently went to work for M. E. D. Brown in Philadelphia, in 1833. The following year, Currier moved to New York City, where he was to start a new business with John Pendleton. Pendleton backed out, and the new firm became Currier & Stodart, which lasted only one year.
In 1835, Currier started his own lithographic business as an eponymous sole proprietorship. He initially engaged in standard lithographic business of printing sheet music, letterheads, handbills, etc.
However, he soon took his work in a new direction, creating pictures of current events. In late 1835, he issued a print illustrating a recent fire in New York. Ruins of the Merchant's Exchange N.Y. after the Destructive Conflagration of Decbr 16 & 17, 1835 was published by the New York Sun, just four days after the fire, and was an early example of illustrated news. In 1840, Currier began to move away from job printing and into independent print publishing. In that year, the Sun published his print Awful Conflagration of the Steam Boat 'Lexington' in Long Island Sound on Monday Eveg Jany 13th 1840, by Which Melancholy Occurrence Over 100 Persons Perished, another documentation of a news event, three days after the disaster; the print sold thousands of copies.
Nathaniel Currier married Eliza West Farnsworth in 1840. The couple had one child, Edward West Currier, the next year. Eliza died in 1843. In 1847, Currier married Lura Ormsbee.
In 1850, James Ives came to work for Currier's firm as bookkeeper. Ives' skills as a businessman and marketer contributed significantly to the growth of the company; in 1857 he was made a full partner, and the company became known as Currier & Ives.
Currier retired from his firm in 1880, and turned the business over to his son Edward.
He died eight years after retiring, on November 20, 1888, at his beloved home on Lion's Mouth Road in Amesbury, Massachusetts. Nathaniel Currier is interred at Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York.
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