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TWO EARLY AND UNUSUAL PERSPECTIVES OF NIAGARA FALLS
A beautiful pair of mid nineteenth century Niagara Falls watercolour views by a renowned British/Canadian landscape artist who documented in watercolours, a number in the Hamilton and Niagara area. Both trimmed to image, each 30 x 43.5 cm (12 x 17 inches), unframed. Both unsigned, common for John Caddy watercolours (as quoted in DCB).
#1) American Falls View. [Left view]
View with the bridge and house on the island and walkway down is on the left side of Goat Island showing the USA side. Possibly the view of the American Falls would have been taken from somewhere at the top of the hill above Queen Victoria Park, somewhere around Clark Ave or Robinson Street? It's definitely above the level of the River Road, where the notorious "Front" was located. Laid on paper, possible very light fading. Very good condition.
#2) Canadian Falls View. [Right view]
View from Goat Island and the tower maybe looking to the Canadian side but not showing table rock.
The view of the Horseshoe was probably (again) from the top of the hill, at Murray Street (ie, near the site of the Skylon Tower.) The higher elevation at the top of the hill, and the underbrush, hides the Table Rock not portrayed in this view. Laid on canvas, possible light fading. Very good condition
John Herbert Caddy (1801-1883) was a painter, draftsman, illustrator and educator. Captain John Herbert Caddy was also a career soldier, civil engineer and explorer. He exhibited with the Upper Canada Provincial Exhibition from 1858 to 1868 and his works are in several Canadian museums including the National Gallery of Canada.
Caddy was born in Quebec in 1801 into a family of military engineers. His grandfather had been sent to Newfoundland in the 18th century to build a fort. Caddy was sent to England for his education before returning to Canada.
Caddy was a painstaking artist who worked slowly and carefully from pencil sketches made on the scene, through sepia drafts, to the finished picture. Apparently he sometimes completed several versions of the finished landscape but rarely, if ever, signed his work. He exhibited watercolours and oils in the annual provincial exhibitions from 1858 to 1868, winning awards for his meticulous landscapes, marines, and animal and flower studies. Quoted from Dictionary of Canadian Biography (DCB) online.
Very Good. Item #7442