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Niagara Falls

Artist:
Possibly by Silas A. Holmes (American, 1820–1886)
Date:
ca. 1855
Medium:
Salted paper print from glass negative
Dimensions:
30.5 x 40.4 cm (12 x 15 7/8 in. ) irregular
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
The Rubel Collection, Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 1997
Accession Number:
1997.382.52
Not on view
This study of Niagara Falls strives toward the sublime even as it is grounded in the workaday world of visitors at a popular landmark. The view is from Table Rock on the Canadian side of the falls and may have been made by Silas A. Holmes, a popular New York photographer of landmarks for the tourist trade.
(Sotheby's, Belgravia, October 24, 1979, lot 178); [Sean Thackrey]; Rubel Collection; [Hans P. Kraus, Jr.]

Achenbach Graphic Arts Council. "Masterworks of Photography from the Rubel Collection," January 1, 1984–February 1, 1984.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 31," January 28, 2002–May 19, 2003.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Old Faces and Places: American Photographs, 1845-1870," February 3, 2004–April 25, 2004.

Thackrey, Sean. Masterworks of Photography from the Rubel Collection. Sacramento: Crocker Art Museum, 1982. pl. 33.

Daniel, Malcolm. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin: Inventing a New Art: Early Photographs from the Rubel Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art 56, no. 4 (Spring 1999). p. 51.



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