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Niagara Horseshoe Falls

Accession Number
1983/1.297

Title
Niagara Horseshoe Falls

Artist(s)
William Henry Jackson

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date
1890-1897

Medium & Support
albumen print on paper

Dimensions
14 in x 17 in (35.56 cm x 43.18 cm);18 1/2 in x 22 in (46.99 cm x 55.88 cm);7 1/8 in x 11 1/4 in (18.1 cm x 28.58 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of the Marvin Felheim Collection

Subject matter
Photographed from a distance, this image depicts a scenic view of Niagara Falls. The photograph was taken from behind the American Falls on the American side of the river, and faces towards the u-shaped cascades of Horseshoe Falls beyond. To the left of the image, huddled on a walled-overlook, a group of visitors are silhouetted against the rushing water. Underexposed against the sunlit brightness of the water and mist, the trees and banks of the river are shrouded in dark shadows. The photograph’s slightly long exposure turns the torrent of falling water in a streaking blur. Gushing from the river below, vaporous clouds of atomized water float upwards from the falls’ deafening cascades, obscuring the falls’ far banks.  

Physical Description
This photograph depicts a scenic view of Niagara Falls from a distance.  To the left of the image, a small group of people stand on an overlook.

Primary Object Classification
Photograph

Collection Area
Photography

Rights
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Keywords
cliffs
rapids
rivers
tourism
trees
waterfalls
waterfalls (natural bodies of water)

1 Related Resource

Nature in Photography
(Part of 2 Learning Collections)

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