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Auction 156, Lot 291

Stunning Bird's-Eye View of Niagara Falls

"Niagara-Falls, N.Y.", Stoner, J. J.

Subject: Niagara Falls, New York

Period: 1882 (dated)


Color: Black & White

29 x 17.3 inches
73.7 x 43.9 cm
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This stunning bird's-eye view of Niagara Falls centers on the American Falls, also showing Bridal Veil Falls and Horseshoe Falls. The city of Niagara Falls, New York fills the background with named streets and numerous churches, schools, public buildings and businesses identified with a numbered key below the view. John Augustus Roebling's Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge is depicted straddling the Niagara River, connecting the United States and Canadian sides. The wood and stone bridge was built in 1855 and was replaced by a steel bridge just four years after this view was published. Both the Canada Southern Railway and several horse-drawn carriages can be seen on the Canadian side. Goat island is depicted at right complete with roads surrounding the island and a few small buildings. Drawn by Henry Wellge and lithographed by Beck & Pauli in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The full sheet measures 31.5 x 21".

Joseph John Stoner (1829-1917), a native Pennsylvanian, started his publishing career in Wisconsin, the epicenter of American view-making at the end of the Civil War. He is known to have published more than 300 views created by many different artists, with about 40 views drawn by German-born artist Henry Wellge.

References: Reps #2804.

Condition: B+

An excellent impression, clean and bright, with professional repairs to some small chips and tears along the edges of the sheet, only a few of which enter the image less than 1".

Estimate: $1,600 - $1,900

Sold for: $1,200

Closed on 2/17/2016