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The Falls of Niagara

ca. 1827 William Birch Born: Warwickshire, England 1755 Died: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1834 enameled copper sight 2 5/8 x 2 1/4 in. (6.7 x 5.7 cm) rectangle Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase 1980.37 Not currently on view


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This miniature shows the American falls at Niagara, seen from below. This unusual view is explained by the artist, who wrote on the back: “This wild oblique sketch from the corner of the falls of Niagara . . . gives in my opinion a greater idea of the magnitude than the front view where the distance necessary loses its immensity.”

Keywords

Figure group

Landscape - New York - Niagara Falls

Landscape - waterfall - Niagara Falls

painting - miniature

enamel

metal - copper