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Blue Niagara

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During the nineteenth century, Niagara Falls was the most famous natural wonder in North America, and it attracted tourists by the thousands. Artists had also always been drawn to the falls. Among those who attempted to capture the sublime spectacle of the site were Jasper Francis Cropsey...

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Inscription

Lower left: G. Inness 1884

Provenance

1884, commissioned by Roswell Smith (1829-1892), New York, for $5000; 1892, by descent to his son-in-law, George Inness, Jr. (1854-1926), Ellenville, New York; 1926, by descent to Julia G. (Mrs. George) Inness, Jr.; 1927, sold by Julia Inness to Robert S. Brown, Clearwater, Florida and Detroit, for $10,000; October 16, 1974, Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century American Paintings and Drawings, Sotheby Parke Bernet, Sale 3678B, lot 54; (?) Robert Weinmann, Woodbridge; with Peter Tillou, Litchfield, Conn.; 1977-78, with Vose Galleries, Boston, on consignment from Tillou; 1978, with Steven Straw, Newburyport, Mass.; by 1982, with Peterson Galleries, Los Angeles; 1982, sold by Peterson Galleries to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 14, 1982)

Credit Line

Charles H. Bayley Picture and Painting Fund

1884

Dimensions

122.87 x 183.51 cm (48 3/8 x 72 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

1982.209

Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

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