Painting and Nature Preservation: Identifying Places of Natural Beauty


Paintings helped inform Americans of the beauty of North America. Copies of them were widely distributed as lithographs, sometimes hand colored, as engravings, and as simpler black and white drawings.

Niagara Falls was a frequent subject of nature painting. In this painting, Alvan Fisher presents a pictureque version of the falls, similar to the work of Claude Lorrain.

Note the presence of American Indians, busy informing the Euro-Americans of the wonders of nature.

Alvan Fisher, Niagara Falls, 1820, National Collection of Fine Arts