About this artwork

In the 1850s, Babbitt had been granted a monopoly to photograph on the American side of the Niagara Falls. Competition amongst photographers could be ruthless. When a Scotsman, William Thompson, tried to photograph the falls from Prospect Point, it was noted that: 'Mr Babbitt would not have it.... Every time Mr Thompson made an attempt to take the cap off the camera for an exposure, Mr Babbitt and his forces would stand between the camera and the falls swinging large-sized umbrellas to and fro...'

Platt Babbitt

Platt Babbitt