Horseshoe Falls

Photograph
April 1840 (photographed)
Horseshoe Falls thumbnail 1
Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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'.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Daguerreotype in a passe-partout frame
Brief Description
Photograph by Hugh Lee Pattinson, Horseshoe Falls at the Niagara Falls, daguerreotype, 1840.
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'.
Dimensions
  • Image height: 139mm
  • Image width: 204mm
  • Frame height: 255mm
  • Frame width: 305mm
  • Frame depth: 7mm
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.)
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.
Object history
Presented by J. W. Swan FRS to the RPS in May 1901.
Associated Object
PROV.6612-2017 (RPS Group record)
Other Numbers
  • XRG1055 - RPS collection - V&A identifier
  • 2003-5001/2/28217 - Science Museum Group accession number
  • Cat no. 113 - RPS identifier - misc.
  • C7/D5 - RPS identifier - misc.
Collection
Accession Number
RPS.606-2017

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record createdJuly 11, 2017
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