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A View of the Western Branch of the Falls of Niagara, Taken from Table Rock

1969.778 (RS30905)

Description

Oil on canvas landscape painting depicting Niagara Falls, with a man standing on land to right, rainbow to the left, falls to the center.

Details

Label
John Vanderlyn was the first American artist known to have painted Niagara Falls. He completed two paintings in 1801 which he took to London two years later to be engraved, hoping for a commercial success to relieve his financial difficulties. The subsequent whereabouts of one of those paintings had been unknown until recent scholarship identified this View as the lost Vanderlyn. It is now on display at the Codman Estate in Lincoln, Massachusetts.
This painting presents an art historical puzzle. The scene is one that was painted by John Vanderlyn in 1801 and subsequently lost. Stylistically, this painting has all the makings of Vanderlyn's work, but the stretcher has the label of a Philadelphia art supplier known to have made copies. How the copyist got access to the original painting is unknown. By the middle of the nineteenth century, the painting belonged to James Bowdoin Bradlee and his wife, Mary. It hung in the parlor of their Beacon Street home in Boston, Massachusetts, for much of the remainder of the century.
Maker
Attributed to Vanderlyn, John, 1775-1852 (Artist)
Possibly Scarlet, Samuel, 1775 (Painter)
Date
1801
Associated Building
Original to Codman House (Lincoln, Mass.).
Material
canvas
oil paint (paint)
Object type
Art
Places
New York state (United States)
Probably New York state (United States)
Descriptive terms
canvas
Landscape
landscapes (representations)
oil paint (paint)
paintings (visual works)
Picture
Associated events
Elegant Embellishments (1982)
People and organizations
Bradlee, James Bowdoin, 1813-1872
Codman, Thomas Newbold, 1868-1963
Dimensions
34 x 42 x 3 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1969.778
Credit Line
Bequest of Dorothy S.F.M. Codman
GUSN
72022

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