Prints "Drawn After Nature." From Charles A. Dana's The United States Illustrated; in Views of City And Country. New York: Herrmann J. Meyer, ca. 1855. Steel engravings.
From 1833 to 1864, the Bibliographisches Institut issued a journal, Meyer's Universum, containing text and steel engravings of all parts of the world. It was founded by Joseph Meyer, and when he died in 1856 at sixty-one, his son Herrmann took over. Herrmann had been sent to the U.S. from 1849 to his father's death, issuing an American edition of Meyer's Universum and he also published Dana's volume The United States Illustrated. The following prints come from this latter publication.
Derived from Bartlett's "Niagara Fall. (From near Clifton House.)" $60
Derived from Bartlett's "View Below Table Rock." $60
The August 25, 1860 issue of The Illustrated London News was specifically focused on Niagara Falls and the Prince of Wales'–later Edward VII–visit there during his tour of Canada in 1860. The issue had a supplement on Niagara, which included a number of prints of the Falls based on drawing by George Henry Andrews (1816-1898), an Englishman who accompanied Edward on his tour. Two months later, another image was issued in the News based on a painting by Andrews. The composition and quality are much better than the usual illustrated newspaper print, for this is a very attractive and colorful image of Niagara from the edge of the American Falls. $325
Asa Smith. "View of the Meteoric Shower, As Seen At Nigara Falls On The Night of the 12th & 13th of November, 1833." From Smith's Illustrated Astronomy, Designed for the Use of the Public or Common Schools in the United States. New York, 1863. 9 3/4 x 8 1/4. Wood engraving. Paper time toned and a few small spots. Overall, very good condition. Not in Impressions of Niagara.
An unusual view of Niagara from Asa Smith's Illustrated Astronomy. Written by the principal of Public School No. 12 in New York City, this work was aimed at school students. Smith stated is goal as "to present all the distinguishing principles in physical Astronomy with as few words as possible," and his text was presented in fifty separate lessons with a series of questions and answers. The handsome charts of the planets and stars were printed predominantly in black, which makes the images as similar as possible to what one would actually see in the night skies. This particular image records a meteoric shower that took place November 1833. The two cataracts are shown from the Canadian shore and the depiction is likely based on another print, perhaps one of Milbert's scenes from the late 1820s. $125
Jules Tavernier. "Niagara." From The Aldine. New York, November 1872. 10 1/4 x 7 7/8. Wood engraving by A. Measom.
The Aldine. An American Art Journal (1868-79), was started as a house organ for a New York firm of printers, but became a general magazine devoted to art and typography under the editorship of R.H. Stoddard (1871-75). It was filled with wood engravings based on art by some of the best American artists of the day, including most famously Thomas Moran, after whose work thirty-nine prints were made. Many of these, and images by other artists, featured American landscapes, showing places and buildings of interest. $65
Prints by Harry Fenn. From Picturesque America. New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1873.
One of the most important 'view books' of the nineteenth century was Picturesque America, an impressive work which contained steel and wood engravings, along with text, illustrating natural wonders of America from the east to the west and from north to south. Not surprisingly, Niagara Falls was one of the featured sites.
Niagara Falls has been illustrated over the last three centuries more times than any other American site. The size, power, beauty and astonishing visual impact of the cataract has been interpreted by artists in myriad ways. Photographers also saw the Falls as a compelling subject and in 1857, Holmes took a photograph of the Horseshoe Falls from Goat Island, which was made into a wood engraving in London. This image is of particular interest for its depiction of the tower and walkway leading out to the edge of the falls, shown with a number of intrepid sightseers. $75
"The Falls of Niagara--On the Brink." and "The Falls of Niagara--The American Side, From Goat Island." From Harper's Weekly. New York: September 11, 1875. Two images on single sheet. Wood engraving. Hand colored. Impressions of Niagara: 432.
A pair of views showing tourists at Niagara. $60
After Louis Remy Mignot. "Table Rock, Niagara." From The Illustrated London News. London: July 22, 1876. 11 x 9 1/8. Wood engraving. Very good condition. Impressions of Niagara: 434.
A wood engraving based on a painting by the "late" Louis Remy Mignot showing the falls from the foot of table rock. $55
View Albums. Octavo volumes with folding views. Lithographs after photographs. Original stamped covers.
Amos Sangster was the most prolific and successful artist of the Niagara region in the latter part of the nineteenth century. He was born in Kingston, Ontario, but moved as a child to Buffalo. In the 1880s he began an ambitious project to document the entire Niagara River in a series of original etchings. When completed between 1886 and 1889, the portfolio consisted of 50 folio, each of which was signed in pencil by Sangster, and 103 vignette etchings. The portfolio was dedicated to Amos Sangster's friend Grover Cleveland, then President of the United States, who was a collector of his work. The variety of the prints is impressive and they form an accurate yet lovely series of images of the Niagara River and Falls.
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