New York: Currier & Ives, 1881. Color lithograph. Somewhat faded. 12 x 15.5 inches. Framed and glazed. GCurrier & Ives : a catalogue raisonné / compiled by Gale Research. Detroit, MI : Gale Research, c1983, no. 6067. Darktown series.
According to Harry T. Peters in Currier and Ives -- Printmakers to the American People (New York: Doubleday, Doran & Co., 1942), Thomas Worth was born in Greenwich Village, NYC and began to draw when he was a child. When he was in his late ‘teens, he submitted a sketch to the lithographers Currier and Ives. Nathaniel Currier looked at the humorous scene of two boys driving an ash wagon and said, “This is a clever thing. We’ll give you five dollars for it just as it is.” Although never a regular staff member, Currier and Ives considered him one of their major contributors. Over the years hundreds of his drawings were redrawn on stone and published as individual lithographs and sets. An avid sportsman and fisherman, Worth produced many prints of trotting horses and outdoor scenes. He is best known for several long series of comics: “Railway Incidents,” the “Howling Swell” series and seventy-five “Darktown” prints. These last represent what Stephen J. Gertz has termed “the dark side of Currier and Ives” (pun obviously intended). Item #51-1918