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Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas. Photography by Dwight Primiano.
Title:

Niagara and the Rapids


Artist: John Vanderlyn (1775 - 1852)
Date: ca. 1801-1802
Dimensions:
14 1/2 x 46 1/2 in. (36.8 x 118.1 cm)
Framed: 19 x 51 1/2 x 2 1/2 in. (48.3 x 130.8 x 6.4 cm)
Medium: Oil on paper mounted on board
Credit Line: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, 2006.54
Place Depicted:
On View
Accession Number: 2006.54
Provenance(Estate Sale, Rye, NY); (Vose Galleries, Boston, MA); (Alexander Gallery, New York, NY); purchased by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR, 2006
Label TextDespite the intimate scale of this painting, the long, narrow, panoramic format and bird’s eye viewpoint emphasize the magnitude of the horseshoe-shaped falls and grandeur of the surrounding landscape. By the early nineteenth century, Niagara became a symbol of the young nation’s strength, splendor, and natural abundance.

John Vanderlyn began his career in the studio of Gilbert Stuart. Under the patronage of the New York Senator, and later Vice President, Aaron Burr, he became the first American painter to study in Paris, rather than in London.
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