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Public Domain

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Public Domain

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Robert Bakewell

British, active in United States, 1790-after 1857

Niagara Falls, 1847

oil on canvas

overall: 48 x 65 1/2 inches (121.92 x 166.37 cm)

Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Gift of Terry J. Fox in memory of Camille Merlino, 1992

1992:5.1

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Inscriptions

signature and date / lower left

Class

Paintings

Work Type

Oil painting

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

The son of a mineralogical surveyor, Robert Bakewell developed a profound interest in geology and the landscape. From 1829 to 1856, he made several trips to the Niagara region, examining the area’s geography and recording his perceived changes in notes and sketches. In an article the artist published in 1857, he describes making a panoramic sketch from atop the Pavilion Hotel overlooking Table Rock in Niagara Falls, Canada (the hotel burned to the ground in 1839). Table Rock was a large outcropping that formed a natural vantage point for tourists. The bedrock beneath the formation eroded over time and eventually collapsed in the mid-1850s. It is quite possible that this drawing informed the composition of the painting presented here. From his writing, it is clear that Bakewell had a true passion for Niagara Falls. He described it as a “magnificent scene . . . the more I am absorbed by the glorious view, the more does my feeling of its grandeur lose itself in admiration of its beauty.”

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

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