[IRISH-AMERICAN]. HOGAN (DESIGNER) & GRAY, LUCIAN (ARTIST)
Original Hand-Colored Lithograph, "St. Patrick's Day in America"New York: Thomas Kelly, 1874. Approximately 26 x 20”; contemporarily framed and glazed, overall approximately 25 x 30”; the frame is wood with an inner moulding in gilt (some scrapes and wear): the print has minor staining and light browning where it had been backed by wood. We have found few examples of this print, but it was apparently available as a black and white lithograph, or, such as this one, hand-colored. The complex scene portrays the parade in Union Square in Manhattan, depicting floats, marching soldiers, and mounted officers on their way past a reviewing stand. Police officers line the crowded route and a streetcar is stopped to allow the procession to continue. The floats carry banners and a bust of Daniel O’Connell; American and Irish (harp) flags fly along the route and atop buildings. The traditional New York parade had begun 25 years or so earlier, but this appears to be one of its earliest illustrations.