Niagara Falls

Artist: Possibly by Silas A. Holmes (American, 1820–1886)

Date: ca. 1855

Medium: Salted paper print from glass negative

Dimensions: 30.5 x 40.4 cm (12 x 15 7/8 in. ) irregular

Classification: Photographs

Credit Line: The Rubel Collection, Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 1997

Accession Number: 1997.382.52


This study of Niagara Falls strives toward the sublime even as it is grounded in the workaday world of visitors at a popular landmark. The view is from Table Rock on the Canadian side of the falls and may have been made by Silas A. Holmes, a popular New York photographer of landmarks for the tourist trade.