Falls of Niagara. From Clifton House
New York: N. Currier, n.d. (c. 1850). Hand-colored lithograph. Small folio. Framed. Image size (including text): 9 1/4 x 12 3/4, sight. Bird's-eye maple with gold liner, French mat. 19 1/4 x 23 3/4"
Provenance: Americana Collection of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette
Nathaniel Currier's view of all the Falls at Niagara
The original Clifton Hotel was built by Harmanus Crysler. Construction began in 1831 and it was completed in 1835. It stood three stories high and contained 60 bedrooms. It flourished as tourism in America flourished and a visit to Niagara Falls became an obligatory journey.
The Falls were the most popular natural wonder in America through the 19th century. The naturally dramatic falls made them an ideal honeymoon spot even to the present day, though more so in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The first honeymooners are said to have been Aaron Burr's daughter and her husband in 1801.
Currier's depiction captures the falls as well as the nicely attired tourists viewing them.