16 June 2016,
New York, Rockefeller Plaza
Price Realised USD 6,875
Estimate USD 6,000 - USD 8,000
COCKBURN, James Pattison, Lt-Col. 60th regiment (after). -- Ackermann, printer.
The Falls of Niagara. This View of Table Rock and Horse-Shoe-Fall by C. Hunt. 1833. – The Falls of Niagara. This General View above the English Ferry by J. Edge. 1833. – The Falls of Niagara. This View of the Horse-Shoe-Fall, from below Goat-Island. 1857.
3 hand-colored aquatints, each image 434 x 663 mm (each 582 x 818 mm sheet). ("View of Table Rock" with 7-in. tear to left margin and image, one short marginal tear, some minor darkening; "General View" with a few short marginal tears, light marginal browning; "Horse-Shoe-Fall" sandwich mounted.) Each matted and framed.
THE MOST FAMOUS PRINTS OF ALL THOSE CREATED BY ARTISTS ACTIVE IN CANADA IN THE NINETEENTH CENTURY
The first three of a series of six prints of the Niagara Falls published by Ackermann, the first two in first edition the third in second edition. “After 1820, artists captured Niagara’s scenic diversity by creating a set of four or more different views. For the most part these multiple images were conceived as prints, either published as a series or as illustrations in a gift book. … [A] set of six Niagara images published abroad in the 1830s – the series of aquatint engravings after watercolor compositions by the English soldier-artist James Pattison Cockburn … – helped familiarize European audiences with the iconography of the Falls” (J.E. Adamson, Niagara Two Centuries of Changing Attitudes, 1697-1901 (Corcoran Gallery of Art exhibition catalogue), Washington, DC, 1985, pp.37-8). The set was reprinted in 1857. See Penney Collection 299, 300 and 301.
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