Untitled (Christ Blessing Little Children) after an 1866 Currier & Ives print titled Jesus Blessing Little Children

Untitled (Christ Blessing Little Children) after an 1866 Currier & Ives print titled Jesus Blessing Little Children

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This black and white print depicts Jesus Christ with four little children, three men and three women. All of the figures are wearing stylized flowing robes. Christ is shown placing his right hand on a boy’s head in blessing, while his left arm is gently around a young girl. Two of the mothers are kneeling and looking reverently at the figure of Christ. The apostle Matthew recounts an occasion when families brought their children to Jesus for his blessing, only to be rebuked by his disciples. In response, Christ said: "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these" (Chapter 19:13-14).
The print is titled in pencil script below the image as “Christ Blessing Little Children.” The image is of an 1866 Currier & Ives print entitled Jesus Blessing Little Children. This print could be a proof before letters print or a copy of the Currier & Ives print, but it is unsigned with no indication of the original artist, lithographer, or publisher.
Nathaniel Currier (1813-1888) was born in Roxbury, Massachusetts, and after serving an apprenticeship in Boston, he moved to New York City in 1834. In New York, he briefly partnered with Adam Stodart, but their firm dissolved within a year, and Currier went into business on his own until 1857. James M. Ives (1824-1895) was a native New York lithographer who was hired as a bookkeeper by Currier in 1852. In 1857, the two men partnered, forming the famous lithography firm of Currier and Ives, which continued under their sons until 1907.
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Object Name
Object Type
date made
Jesus Christ
artist attribution
Currier & Ives
place made
United States
Physical Description
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image: 8 in x 12 1/2 in; 20.32 cm x 31.75 cm
ID Number
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accession number
Credit Line
Harry T. Peters "America on Stone" Lithography Collection
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Peters Prints
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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