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To the Right Hon.ble Lady Susan O'Brien, this View of the Cataract of Niagara, with the country adjacent is most humbly Inscribed by her Ladyship's most obed't and Obliged h ble Serv't William Pierie.

  • ARTIST: William Pierie

  • PUBLISHER: Published as the Act of Parliment, 28th Feb. 1774, by the Author, and sold for him at Mr. Dodsley's, Pall Mall, and Mr. Knox's, in the Strand.

  • MEDIUM: Copper plate engraving,

    DATE: 1776.

  • EDITION SIZE: Image size 16 3/8 x 20 1/2" (41.5 x 52.3 cm) plus title and margins.

  • DESCRIPTION: Richard Wilson Pinxt; William Byrne Sculpt. From a drawing taken on the Spot by Lt. Piere of the Rl. Artillery. 1768. Subtitle: “This stupendous cataract is near a mile wide, and falls over a perpendicular Rock of 1 70 Feet high, which interrupts the Passage of the River Niagara for some miles, between the Lakes Erie and Ontario, on the Frontiers of the Province of New York in North America. Size of the Picture 6f. by 5f.” This is the first picture of the Falls which gives anything like an accurate representation of their true appearance. The point of view is from the highlands on the Canadian side and includes both falls. The shores are shown as level and true to nature, and the outline of the Horseshoe is approximately as it is today.


  • CONDITION: Good condition, save a small, repaired puncture in the title.


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