ALBERT BIERSTADT (1830-1902)
ALBERT BIERSTADT (1830-1902)
ALBERT BIERSTADT (1830-1902)
ALBERT BIERSTADT (1830-1902)
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ALBERT BIERSTADT (1830-1902)

Niagara Falls with Terrapin Tower

Details
ALBERT BIERSTADT (1830-1902)
Niagara Falls with Terrapin Tower
signed with conjoined initials ‘ABierstadt’ (lower right)
oil on paper laid down on canvas
20 x 28 in. (50.8 x 71.1 cm.)
Painted circa 1869.
Provenance
Private collection, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Bonhams, New York, 18 November 2015, lot 43, sold by the above.
Questroyal Fine Art, LLC, New York, acquired from the above.
Acquired by the present owner from the above, 2016.
Further details
We would like to thank Melissa Webster Speidel, President of the Bierstadt Foundation and Director of the Albert Bierstadt catalogue raisonné project, for her assistance in the cataloguing of this lot. This work is included in the database being compiled for her forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the artist's work.

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Lot Essay

Albert Bierstadt travelled repeatedly to Niagara Falls, first visiting in 1865 and returning in 1869, 1877, 1880, 1882 and twice in 1883, often visiting his brother Charles who lived locally. The artist may have executed the present work on one of the earlier visits, possibly in 1869. Niagara Falls with Terrapin Tower depicts the south-facing view of the falls with the 19th century observation point known as Terrapin Tower at left, which was destroyed in 1872. Other Niagara Falls subjects by Bierstadt are included in the collections of the de Young and Legion of Honor, San Francisco, California; the Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma; and the Biggs Museum of American Art, Dover, Delaware.

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