Before the age of the internet, most art was only accessible to those who were able to travel to see collections of art, limiting this important part of our culture to very few. In the late 19th century, the print house Curtis & Cameron began to produce prints to help share important works of art. "The Copley Prints" were a specific collection named after another important early American artist, John Singleton Copley (1738-1815). As their logo above notes, the prints were notable treasures and available for sale at "the nation's finest art galleries."
Above are some of the prints we have seen come through Architectural Antiques, an excellent example of the Curtis & Cameron Copley series. They are in their original oak frame, in pristine condition and to scale of the originals at 4′3″high x 8′ wide!
John Singer Sargent commented on the Copley series in 1916:
“I have pleasure in expressing my opinion of the excellence of your Copley prints. Seven years ago the publishers of the Copley prints, Messrs. Curtis & Cameron, recognized that there is in our country, in public and private collections, a vast number of superior works of art, not only by American artists, but also a large number of the great pictures of Europe, which have from time to time been added to store of our national art wealth. As a good English observer and critic, William Sharp, has said, America is on the way to become the Louvre of the nations, -already possessing so distinguished a congregation of pictures, of all schools and periods, that the native student of art no longer go abroad to learn the tidal reach and high-water mark in this or that nation’s achievements, in this or that school’s accomplishments, in this or that painter’s individual work.”