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Identification and Creation

Object Number
William Morris Hunt, American (Brattleboro, VT 1824 - 1879 Isles of Shoals, NH)
Niagara Falls (American Falls)
Work Type
Persistent Link

Physical Descriptions

Pastel on blue-gray wove paper
30.8 x 25.4 cm (12 1/8 x 10 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • exhibition label: removed from backing, now in curatorial file, paper, printed and handwritten: no. 55.64
  • label: removed from backing, now in curatorial file, red ink, typed: SL. 69.22.41


Recorded Ownership History
John Murray Forbes; his daughter Sarah Forbes Hughes; her daughter Mrs. David (Dorothea) Simmons; gift of the Trustees of the Naushon Trust, 1963.

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of the Trustees of the Naushon Trust (residual legatees under the will of Dorothea Simmons)
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art

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Publication History

  • Ursula Eland, Three Centuries of Niagara Falls: Oils, Watercolors, Drawings, Prints, exh. cat., Buffalo Fine Arts Academy (Buffalo, NY, 1964), cat. 90
  • Kenyon Castle Bolton, III, Peter G. Huenink, Earl A. Powell III, Harry Z. Rand, and Nanette C. Sexton, American Art at Harvard, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1972), cat. 83, ill.
  • Henry Adams and Martha J. Hoppin, William Morris Hunt: A Memorial Exhibition, exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Boston, MA, 1979), pp. 18, 85, cat. 53, ill.
  • Elizabeth McKinsey, Niagara Falls: Icon of the American Sublime (Cambridge, 1985), p. 318, n. 6
  • Marjorie B. Cohn, "A Slow Start for American Art at the Fogg", Harvard University Art Museums Review (Fall 1992), vol. II, no. 1, p. 3, p. 3, fn. 6
  • Kathryn Price, A Strong Impression: William Morris Hunt's Niagara, brochure, Williams College Museum of Art (Williamstown, MA, 2009), ill. n.p.
  • Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr. and Melissa Renn, American Paintings at Harvard, Volume One: Paintings, Watercolors, and Pastels by Artists Born before 1826, Yale University Press (U.S.) and Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge and New Haven, 2014), pp. 279-80, cat. 227, ill.

Exhibition History

  • Three Centuries of Niagara Falls, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, 05/08/1964 - 09/12/1964
  • American Art at Harvard, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/19/1972 - 06/18/1972
  • William Morris Hunt: A Memorial Exhibition, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, 06/26/1979 - 08/19/1979
  • A Strong Impression: William Morris Hunt's Niagara, Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, 10/17/2009 - 01/31/2010

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