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Tourists Viewing Niagara Falls from Prospect Point

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Tourists Viewing Niagara Falls from Prospect Point About 1855

Not on display

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...'

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The length of time a photosensitive surface is exposed to light. The term ‘multiple exposure’ is used to describe the act of recording more than one image on a single sheet or frame of film.



  • Acc. No. PGP R 14
  • Medium Daguerreotype
  • Size 10.70 x 13.90 cm
  • Credit Gift of Mrs. Riddell in memory of Peter Fletcher Riddell 1985