Place Published: New York
Publisher: Knoedler & Company, Fifth Avenue
Date Published: 
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: No binding
Original Black & White Engraving by William Forrest designed by Frederic Edwin Church. Circa date: 1875 First Edition B&W proof Medium: Original Chine-colle black & white (proof) engraving engraving. Publisher: Knoedler & Company, Fifth Avenue, New York
Paper size: W: 31-1/4 x H: 23-1/4 inches Chine size: W: 27 x H: 17 inches
Image size: W: 21-1/2 x H: 10-1/8 inches
Title: "THE GREAT FALL NIAGARA" printed under the image in the centre
Additional Info: Engraved "proof" printed on bottom left corner as well as "Painted by Frederic E. Church" on bottom left just under image and "Engraved by W. Forrest" printed on bottom right just below image.
Other: "Entered according to act of Congress in the year 1875 by M. Knoedler & Co. in the office of the Librarian at Washington." printed in centre just under the image. "Published by M. Knoedler & Co. New York" printed at bottom centre below title. Condition: Very good condition, save for some soiling and spotting in margins minor . A very striking and detailed image of Niagara Falls with wide margins.
View of Niagara Falls with a faint rainbow seen at top left. A lighthouse and houses can be seen on the shore in the background. Dark clouds are in the sky to the right.
Engraver: Forrest, William (805-1899) Artist Church, Frederic Edwin (1826-1900) William Forrest's, "The Great Fall - Niagara" is an original 19th century engraving based upon the famous landscape painting depicting Niagara Falls created by the American artist, Frederic Edwin Church in 1857. The Great Fall - Niagara" is an important, original engraved example of the large Victorian landscape engraving by the Scottish artist, William Forrest.
When the major New York publisher, Knoedler & Company acquired the engraving rights to The Great Fall, Niagara, he turned to the Scottish engraver, William Forrest. From 1845, Forrest worked in both London and Edinburgh and had created a strong reputation for both his landscape and genre engravings. The Great Fall, Niagara was William Forrest's largest and most important work of original engraved art.
Frederic Church's, The Great Fall, Niagara, may possibly be the most famous painting in the history of nineteenth century American art. Originally, this painting of Niagara Falls was purchased by John Taylor Johnstone, it was sold in 1876 to the Corcoran Gallery in Washington for the price of 5,000 Pounds. For many years thereafter this was a record price paid for an American painting.
Frederic Edwin Church was an American nineteenth century landscape painting reached its finest expression under the movement known as the Hudson River School. Among its many great painters the names of Bierstadt, Asher Brown Durand, Thomas Cole and Frederick Church assume the highest position. Frederick Edwin Church studied under Thomas Cole in Catskill, New York (1844-46). In 1845, he exhibited his first paintings with the National Academy of Design and opened his studio in New York two years later. Frederick Church became a full member of the prestigious National Academy in 1849.
Frederic Edwin Church's large and monumental landscape paintings always created the greatest admiration at national expositions. In 1853 and 1857 he traveled in South America and created one of his finest canvases, The Heart of the Andes, which was exhibited in 1859. He then visited Labrador, and his painting, Icebergs, was exhibited in both New York and London in 1863. Three years later, Frederic Edwin Church went to the West Indies and in 1868 made his first trip through Europe, including important visits to Greece and Palestine. As one writer at the time enthusiastically noted, “this is Niagara, with the roar left out!” Niagara’s tremendous success secured Church’s reputation as the most famous painter in America and brought him international recognition.
Very Good. Item #4627