Platter: Niagara Falls
Overall: 1 7/8 x 20 x 16 3/8 in. ( 4.8 x 50.8 x 41.6 cm )
printed: on reverse: "THE FALLS/OF NIAGARA/U.S." stamped: on reverse: "ADAMS"
Oval pearlware platter with molded and beaded rim; red transfer printed basket of flowers, scroll and shell border and central view of Niagara Falls. (Larsen, 3rd ed., no. 331)
Adams' view is based on Thomas Cole's famous painting of Niagara Falls, now held by the Art Institute of Chicago. In the spring of 1829, Cole journeyed along the Erie Canal to reach Niagara Falls. He made 23 sketches of the spectacular site and completed his painting of the Falls in London later that year. It was exhibited at the Royal Academy to rave reviews.
Gift of Dr. Arthur H. Merritt
The Dr. Arthur H. Merritt Collection of Anglo-American Historical Staffordshire
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