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Niagara Falls, from the American Side 1867


Church's large canvas captures magnificently the drama of Niagara Falls, one of his country's most famous landmarks. This painting, based on a drawing Church made at Niagra in July 1856 and on a sepia photograph touched with colour, was commissioned by the New York art dealer Michael Knoedler in 1866. It may originally have been destined for the Universal Exhibition in Paris, as Church was selected to represent America there. It was bought in 1887 by John S. Kennedy who presented it to his native Scotland. It is the only major example of Church's work in a European public collection.

Glossary Open


When an individual or organisation employs an artist to execute a particular project, the process and the resulting work are termed a ‘commission’.


An ink obtained from the cuttlefish. The word is also often used to describe any brownish wash, including brown-toned photographs.

Commission, Sepia


  • Acc. No. NG 799
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 257.50 x 227.30 cm (framed 285.00 x 256.00 x 12.50 cm)
  • Credit Presented by John S Kennedy 1887