Attributed to Hippolyte Victor Valentin Sebron
View of Niagara Falls from the Canadian Side
Possible remnants of a signature (lc)
Oil on canvas
26 1/4 x 36 inches
Hippolyte Sebron made his debut in Paris at the Salon of 1825, going on to study, and possibly collaborate with, Louis Daguerre. Completing at least fourteen of thirty large-sale scenes intended for use in Daguerre's dioramas, Sebron left the older artist's studio after a falling-out. He traveled extensively, to England, Spain and Portugal, Italy, and Morocco.
In 1849, he arrived in America, where he remained for six years, working chiefly in New York and New Orleans. He often executed large-scale paintings of sites of local interest, among them several detailed views of Niagara, in which Sebron enhanced the dramatic effects through a skillful use of light. Sebron's Niagara subjects were popularized through large-scale colored aquatints engraved by Frederick Salathe for Goupil & Company, Paris and New York.
In the present work, a view of the falls from the Canadian side, the Maid of the Mist approaches the dramatic torrent of water. A few observers standing under the shelter of the rocks at the right are dwarfed by the grandeur of the scene. Three related paintings are in public collections. Niagara Falls from the Canadian Side is owned by the Riverbrink Art Museum, Queenston, Ontario; Table Rock, Niagara is owned by the Royal Ontario Museum, and The Niagara Falls in Winter, depicting the scene shrouded in ice, is at the Musee des Beaux-Arts in Rouen. A view of Broadway, one of Sebron's best known compositions, is included in the collection of the Musee National de la Cooperation Franco-Americaine in Blerancourt.
Returning to France in 1855, Sebron spent the remainder of his traveling to other exotic destinations in search of suitable subject matter.
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