Central Park, Winter – The Skating Pond

Artist: After a painting by Charles Parsons (American (born England), Hampshire 1821–1910 New York)

Artist: Lithographed by Lyman W. Atwater (American, 1835–1891)

Publisher: Published and printed by Currier & Ives (American, active New York, 1857–1907)

Date: 1862

Medium: Hand-colored lithograph

Dimensions: image: 18 1/8 x 26 9/16 in. (46 x 67.5 cm)
sheet: 21 7/8 x 29 7/8 in. (55.6 x 75.9 cm)
Storage (mat size): 30 x 40 in. (76.2 x 101.6 cm)

Classification: Prints

Credit Line: Bequest of Adele S. Colgate, 1962

Accession Number: 63.550.266


The New York firm of of Currier & Ives (established by Nathaniel Currier, who formed a partnership with his brother-in-law James Merritt Ives in 1857), lithographed 4,300 subjects between 1835 and 1907 for distribution across America and Europe. They offered images of almost everything animal, vegetable, or mineral in the United States, including views of the citizens enjoying their freedoms. The pictures generally were drawn on lithographic stones in outline and, after being printed in monochrome, were hand-colored by women who worked for the firm at home.