Taken from a series of prints entitled ‘The Falls of Niagara’, published by Ackerman & Co., this print has been trimmed sometime in the past and part of the inscription has been removed. This means that it is not possible to identify whether it is from the first edition of ‘The Falls of Niagara’, published in 1833 and dedicated to the then current King William IV, or the second edition, published in 1857 and dedicated to the monarch who replaced him, Queen Victoria.
The Niagara River forms the international border between the state of Ontario in Canada and the state of New York, U.S.A. The print includes both the Horseshoe Falls, on the Canadian side of the river, and the American Falls on the U.S. side. The two falls are separated by Goat Island in the center. In ‘View from above the English Ferry’ we see the falls from below. The title of the work states that it was taken from the ‘English side’. This refers to the area known as Upper Canada, which bordered the river and was an English-speaking British colony from 1791 to 1841.
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