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View of the American Falls, from below the Cave of the Winds

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Public Domain

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Public Domain

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Harry Fenn

American, born England, 1845-1911

View of the American Falls, from below the Cave of the Winds, 1893

watercolor on paper

image area: 11 3/16 x 9 inches (28.45 x 22.86 cm); sheet: 14 1/4 x 10 1/2 inches (36.19 x 26.67 cm)

Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Gift of Mr. & Mrs. Roy J. Friedman, 1964

1964:15.4

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Inscriptions

signature / lower left / H F 93

Provenance

the Mark Twain Collection;
Mr. and Mrs. Roy J. Friedman, Chicago;
donated to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 1964

Class

Paintings (visual works)

Work Type

Watercolor (painting)

This information may change due to ongoing research. Glossary of Terms

During the final quarter of the nineteenth century, Harry Fenn was the most prominent landscape illustrator in the United States. He is best known for the engravings he contributed to William Cullen Bryant’s (American, 1794–1878) Picturesque America, 1872–74—a two-volume set of books describing and illustrating the American terrain. In addition, Fenn was commissioned by several other publications to depict important events, such as the 1893 World’s Columbian Exhibition and the Spanish-American War. During the artist’s time, such sources were crucial to the general public’s growing comprehension of the country’s geography and current events. Fenn is known to have first traveled to Niagara Falls in 1857, but he returned to the locale several times. View of the American Falls, from below the Cave of the Winds is one in a series of watercolor paintings of popular tourist vantage points throughout the region that the artist made in the early 1890s. The works were commissioned to accompany anecdotal stories and essays by Mark Twain (America, 1835–1910) and other notable writers in The Niagara Book: A Complete Souvenir of Niagara Falls, published in 1893. 

Label from Picturing Niagara, September 30, 2017–August 5, 2018

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