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The Green Tree: Highlights from the Collection of the Mutual Assurance Company of Philadelphia - April 2007
 
 
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Currier & Ives

The Great Fire at Boston,
November 9th & 10th, 1872
, c. 1872
Lithograph, 8 × 12 3/4 inches
Inscribed (in plate): “The Fire began on Saturday evening, and raged for 15 hours; destroying over Sixty Acres of Buildings, among which were/whole blocks of the finest Granite Stores on the continent and property estimated at nearly $100,000,000./Published by Currier & Ives/125 Nassau St. New York/Entered according to act of Congress in the year 1872 by Currier & Ives in the office of the Librarian of Congress at Washington.”
References: Garvan and Wojtowicz 1977, 149.
RS 6344


Currier & Ives produced lithographs of notable disasters such as the fall of Richmond, Virginia, at the end of the Civil War, and the great conflagrations that destroyed much of Chicago and Boston. Such scenes were in great demand among the American public.

  


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