Old Neptune, the Great Black Sea Lion

Currier & Ives, American, 1857 - 1907
Louis Maurer, American (born Germany), 1832 - 1932



Hand-colored lithograph on wove paper

Sheet: 14 × 11 1/16 in. (35.6 × 28.1 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Purchased through the Guernsey Center Moore 1904 Memorial Fund



Currier & Ives, New York


Place Made: United States, North America


19th century

Object Name


Research Area


Not on view


Initialled, on stone, lower left: L.M.; inscribed, on stone, lower left margin: LITH. BY CURRIER & IVES.; inscribed, on stone, lower center margin: Entered according to act of Congress in the year 1860, by Currier & Ives, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court for the Southern Dist.t [t in superscript]; inscribed, on stone, lower right margin: 152 NASSAU S.T [T in superscript] NEW YORK.; inscribed, on stone, lower left: OLD NEPTUNE, / THE GREAT BLACK SEA LION, / THE MONARCH OF THE OCEAN, / The only Animal of the kind ever captured alive. / He was visited by over 600,000 Persons during the few / Months he was exhibited at / BARNUM'S MUSEUM, NEW YORK.; inscribed, on stone, lower right margin: VIEJO NEPTUNO, / EL GRANDE LEON NEGRO DEL MAR, / EL MONARCA DEL OCEANO. / El unico aninial [sic] de esta clase que jamas se haya cojido vivo. / Lo han visitado mas de 600,000 personas durante los / pocos meses que ha estado de exhibicion, / EN EL MUSEO DE BARNUM, NUEVA YORK.

Course History

ANTH 7.5, Animals and Humans: A Beastly Experiment in Ethics, Theory & Writing, Laura Ogden, Winter 2015

Exhibition History

Nineteeth Century American Prints, Carpenter Galleries, Hopkins Center Art Galleries, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, March 25-June 12, 1977.


Raymond G. Clifton (1895-1968), Pine Cupboard Antique Shop, Franklin, New Hampshire; sold to present collection, 1967.

Catalogue Raisonne

Conningham (1949): 4573

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