Painting and Nature Preservation: Niagara Falls and Frederic Church


This sublime depiction of Niagara Falls by Frederic Church is perhaps the most famous paintings of it ever made.

It includes a joke. In the lower left corner a Salvator Rosa tree trunk is about to be swept over the falls.

Church became so concerned about the falls that he arranged for an international commission headed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the architect, to study ways to protect the falls, leading to a treaty between Canada and the United States.

Frederic Edwin Church, Niagara Falls, 1857, Corcoran Gallery of Art