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Nathaniel Currier - Early years, Currier & Ives, Personal and later life

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Lithographer, born in Roxbury (now part of Boston), Massachusetts, USA. After apprentice years under William S and John Pendleton in Boston, Philadelphia, and New York City, he established his own firm, issuing his first print in 1835. He made James Ives his business partner (1857), and the firm Currier & Ives became a household name, their hand-coloured prints portraying a wide spectrum of 19th-c American life. Although relatively inexpensive in their day, they sold in quantities and the partnership prospered. Currier retired in 1880, his son William carrying on the business with Ives.

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