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View of Niagara Falls

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Public Domain

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Public Domain

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unknown

nationality and dates unknown

formerly attributed to

Alvan T. Fisher

American, 1792-1863

View of Niagara Falls, ca. 1807-1850

oil on canvas

overall: 25 x 34 inches (63.5 x 86.36 cm)

Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Peter A. Vogt, 1982

1982:52

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Provenance

purchased in England by Mr. and Mrs. Peter A. Vogt, Lakeview, N.Y., ca. 1972;
donated to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, December 1982

Class

Paintings

Work Type

Oil painting

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

The unknown artist who created this painting chose to depict a dramatic vista as seen from the foot of the American side of Niagara Falls. Until after the War of 1812, this area remained relatively unsettled and pristine. Few artists ventured from the British settlements to the wild banks across the gorge before 1807, when the first known view from this location was created. In the second decade of the nineteenth century, however, this rapidly became one of the region’s most popular vistas. Capturing the scene from a low vantage point allowed a painter to combine the sublime aspect of the falling water, observed at close proximity, with the picturesque character of the distant cataracts. 

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

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