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Distant View of the Falls of Niagara, including Both Branches with the Island, and Adjacent Shores, taken from the Vicinity of the Indian Ladder. A,

  • ARTIST: John Vanderlyn

  • PUBLISHER: London; published by John Vanderlyn, August, 1804.

  • MEDIUM: Aquatint and engraving,

    DATE: 1804.

  • EDITION SIZE: Image size 20 11/16 x 29 7/16" (52.5 x 74.7 cm).

  • DESCRIPTION: Painted by J. Vanderlyn. Engraved by Merigot. Below title "To the Society of the Fine Arts of New York, this print is respectfully Inscribed by their most obedt. humble servt. John Vanderlyn." Inscribed in title margin "Proof." One of a pair aquatints produced after paintings by Vanderlyn. The two prints are considered to be among the most important and rarest of all printed views of the falls.


  • CONDITION: Overall in good condition. Some marginal damage in the upper margin including two short tears into the image. Professionally conserved and backed with Japan paper.

  • REFERENCE: Lane, C. "Impressions of Niagara" pp. 37-40.

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