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Horseshoe Falls

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Canada (photographed)

  • Date:

    April 1840 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Pattinson, Hugh Lee, born 1796 - died 1858 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Daguerreotype in a passe-partout frame

  • Credit Line:

    The Royal Photographic Society Collection at the V&A, acquired with the generous assistance of the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Art Fund

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case MB2, shelf TR8, box XRG1055

Physical description

Daguerreotype of a view of the Horseshoe Falls at the Niagara Falls, on the Canadian side. This is in a glazed passe-partout frame. The backing board is covered in a patterned 'wood-effect' paper. There is part of a red fabric loop at the top that was probably used to hang the image.
The object is labelled several times with the date as 1843, but has later been corrected to 1840. Possibly related to the daguerreotype used to create the engraving for Lerebours's 'Excursions Daguerriennes'.

Place of Origin

Canada (photographed)


April 1840 (photographed)


Pattinson, Hugh Lee, born 1796 - died 1858 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Daguerreotype in a passe-partout frame

Marks and inscriptions

Niagra / Taken in 1843 / Lent by W. J. Swan F.R.S.
Handwritten on label on the recto, stuck on the bottom left corner of the glazing.

Daguerreotype of Niagara / taken by Hugh Lee Pattinson FRS / in or near the year 1843. / Presented to the R Photographic Society / by J. W. Swan FRS May 1901
Handwritten on a label on the verso, stuck on the original backing board.

View taken probably between 1843 + 1845.
Handwritten in black ink on verso, on the tape edging on the right side.

RPS numbers, title and artist handwritten in ink on the verso, on the tape edging at the top. Green sticker with '113' stuck on verso of frame.


Height: 139 mm Image, Width: 204 mm Image, Height: 255 mm Frame, Width: 305 mm Frame, Depth: 7 mm Frame

Object history note

Presented by J. W. Swan FRS to the RPS in May 1901.

Descriptive line

Photograph by Hugh Lee Pattinson, Horseshoe Falls at the Niagara Falls, daguerreotype, 1840.


Copper; Glass; Paper (fiber product)


Daguerreotype; Photography


Photographs; Landscapes; Portraits; The Royal Photographic Society; RPS Digitisation Project


Royal Photographic Society Collection

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