Currier and Ives published this patriotic lithograph in 1862 as the country was being torn apart by the Civil War. The image is of a lovely young woman napping by a crackling fire and dreaming of her absent sweetheart, a soldier in the Union Army whose portrait hangs on the wall behind her. In her dream, her hero carries the Union Flag and bravely leads his men into battle. The patriotic sentiment of the image is unmistakable, her young hero fighting for the nation, her thoughts and dreams with him far away.
According to a hand written inscription below the image, this piece was personalized - "Presented to E. M. Carter." Perhaps a loving gift to someone waiting at home.
This Poem appears in text below the image:
Ever of him who at his country's call,
Went forth to war in freedom's sacred name;
She thinks in waking hours: and dreams are all,
Filled with his image:_ on the field of fame.
She sees her hero foremost in the fight,
Bearing the glorious banner of the free;
Triumphing o'er the traitors boasted might,
Then home returning crowned with victory.
CONDITION is good. The oval image is intact and in good condition, the hand applied colors are still rich and vibrant. There is a small tear at the upper left, some minor losses to the left edge that barely graze the border, and some toning and minor foxing along the right edge. None of this really detracts, please look at the photographs. The piece is framed in a beautiful period grain painted frame with a newer mat. The frame shows wear, but is absolutely the perfect complement to this antique print. Measures 16" x 12 1/8" overall with a sight size inside the mat of 12 5/8" x 8 7/8".
This tender image honors the sacrifices made by those left behind on the home front. A touching sentiment, and a charming piece of Americana. Enjoy!