Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls, 1857

Frederic Edwin Church   —  
  • American
  • 1826-1900

  • 2006:001.219
  • chromolithograph
  • London: Day & Son.
  • 17 x 36 1/2 in.
  • Framed: 25 1/2 x 44 3/8 in.
  • Collection of the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University, Generous Donation from Dr. Charles Rand Penney, partially funded by the Castellani Purchase Fund, with additional funding from Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Lytle, 2006
Frederic Edwin Church was a central figure in the Hudson River School of American landscape painters, who produced awe-inspiring panoramas of America's untamed wilderness. These artists believed in the divinity of nature and thought art to be an agent of spiritual transformation. They also provided Americans with a deep feeling of national identity depicting a vast, unspoiled American landscape as a “New Eden.” Church’s large-scale and faithful representation of the falls, Niagara, was considered to be the most famous painting of this site during the 19th century. In this work, the artist places the viewer directly at the brink of the falls, without even the smallest foothold along the riverbank. This print reproduction of Church’s painting was made in 1857.