||SEBRON, After Hippolyte Victor Valentin (1801-1879)
Les Chutes de Niagara, vue générale. Niagara Falls, General View
New York: Max Jacoby, [1855 or later]. Hand-coloured aquatint, by Salathé, printed by Boussod Valadon & Cie. (expert repairs to margins, occasionally touching image, one small area supplied in manuscript facsimile). Image size (including text): 23 1/4 x 37 inches. Sheet size: 26 x 37 1/2 inches.
A fine coloured issue of a spectacular image of one the great natural wonders of the world.
Little appears to be known about Sebron. He studied painting with Louis Daguerre and began his career painting dioramas, church interiors, and occasional portraits. He spent from 1849 to about 1855 in the United States painting American views (chiefly dioramas). He first visited Niagara in 1850. There is some evidence that he returned to Canada from 1855-1863, but later lived and worked in Rome.
Cf. J. Russell Harper, Early Painters and Engravers in Canada, p. 283; cf. Lane, Impressions of Niagara, 229 (coloured issue); cf. Spendlove, The Face of Early Canada, p. 39.