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The falls at Niagara are not only sublimely spectacular but, for centuries, they have also symbolized the power and potential of the New World. By 1900 the cataracts had been depicted more often than any other natural wonder in North America, and most of the leading American landscape painters...

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1879, the artist (1824-1879); 1879, by inheritance to the artist's wife, Louisa D. (Mrs. William Morris) Hunt (died 1897); 1897, by descent to her children, Paul Hunt, Elinor Hunt Diederich, and Enid Hunt Slater; by descent to the artist's grandson, William Morris Hunt II; 2000, partial gift of WIlliam Morris Hunt II to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 24, 2001)

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Partial gift of William Morris Hunt II



Overall: 158.1 x 253.4cm (62 1/4 x 99 3/4in.) Framed: 208.3 x 299.7 x 17.8 cm (82 x 118 x 7 in.)

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Casein on canvas