M775.7 | Niagara and its wonders. Niagara Suspension Bridge

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Niagara and its wonders. Niagara Suspension Bridge
Anonyme - Anonymous
About 1860, 19th century
Ink and watercolour on paper - Lithography
30.1 x 40.1 cm
Gift of Mr. David Ross McCord
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  Architecture (8646) , bridge (558) , Print (10661)
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Keys to History

The "splendours" of Niagara Falls are evident in this lithograph executed by an unknown artist. The thumbnail images around the photograph represent different views of Niagara Falls and its rapids, the bridge, Fort Ontario and the monument next to the Falls. The two flags, one at either end of the bridge, remind us that it spans the Niagara from the American bank to the Canadian bank.

Niagara Falls has drawn numerous tourists from as far back as the early 19th century. The volume of water that courses through the falls exceeds that of any other falls in the world. In addition, the suspension bridge, considered a masterpiece of engineering, was in itself a tourist attraction at the time. The numerous paintings and photographs of the falls, along with its many mentions in travel accounts, went far to building the place's reputation, particularly in the United States and Europe.