Dreadful Wreck of the Mexico on Hempstead Beach. Jany. 2nd 1837; As now exhibiting at : Haningtons Dioramas. : (Copy Right Secured.) : Pubd. at the Sun Office by B. H. Day. : Perished in all-115 Souls.
N. Currier's Lith. cor. of Nassau & Spruce St.
After a drawing by H. Sewel.
Lithograph, undated. c.1837.
Small folio - image size 6 1/2 x 9 7/8" (16.5 x 25.1 cm).
This is one of the first disaster prints published by N. Currier and is the hardest to locate. This rare print predates the more famous "Awful Conflagration of the Steam Boat Lexington" in 1840.
The Barque "Mexico" left Liverpool, England on October 23, 1836 on route to America with 112 passengers, mostly women and children, all Irish emigrants, and a crew of 12. After several failed attempts to get a pilot, the storm and the sea claimed her. She ashore at Long Beach on the more easterly part, opposite Christian Hook (Oceanside).
“Currier and Ives Prints: An Illustrated Checklist.” By Frederic A. Conningham #1624.
“Currier & Ives: A Catalogue Raisonne.” published by Gale Research Co. #1760.
Good condition, save for crease in left of image.
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