Chutes du Niagara. Niagara Falls ... Sketched from Nature in March 1837 by A. Blouet. Drawn on stone by C. Remond
by BLOUET, [Guillaume]-A[bel] (1795-1853)
Paris: Delpech, 1838. Folio. (22 1/8 x 15 3/8 inches). Title and 4pp. text in French and English. Title with a cartographic vignette. 6 lithographed plates after Blouet, captions in French and English. Contemporary wrappers, lettered on the upper wrapper. Housed in a blue morocco backed box. Very rare plate book of American scenery, depicting Niagara Falls in winter. "These views have been sketched on one of the last days of March 1837 ... Great part of the snow which covered the earth, had been melted by the sun and shone for us but few moments ... The East wind blew the everlasting cloud, and Canada seemed a new found country, covered with ice trees, most part of which had lost half of their boughs ... However, this delightful scene was nearly finished for us, the clouds were heaped up in the sky; at length it began to rain, the mist fell upon us and spread around ... The curtain was soon drawn upon so much majesty; we went away, keeping a long memory of this queen of cataracts" (p. 4). The plates comprise: 1) Vue de la Grande Chute du Fer a Cheval prise de l'Ile de la Chevre / View of the Great Horse-Shoe-Fall taken from Goat-Island 2) Vue de la Chute du Centre prise de l'Ile de la Chevre / View of the Central Fall taken from Goat Island 3) Vue de la Chute de Schlosser prise de la Rive de l'Etat de New-York / View of the Schlosser Fall taken from the New-York Shore 4) Vue de la Chite de Schlosser prise de l'Escalier qui conduit au Passage du Fleuve / View of the Schlosser Fall taken from the Stairs of the Ferry 5) Vue du Passage sous la Grande Chute du Fer a Cheval prise du bas de la Rive du Canada / View of the Passage under the Great Horse-Shoe-Fall taken from the Shore on the Canada side 6) Vue Centrale des Chutes prise de la Rive du Canada / General View of the Falls taken from the Canada Shore Blouet (1795-1853), a French architect noted for his work on the Arc de Triomphe, toured the United States in 1836-1837 with Frederic-Auguste Demetz to study American prison architecture and administration for the French Ministry of the Interior. While his report on prisons is sometimes encountered, the present work is very rare: Lande cites but three known copies (Bibliotheque Nationale, Toronto Public Library and his own). TPL 2043; Lande, Rare and Unusual Canadiana 5218; J.E. Adamson Frederic Church's Niagara: The sublime as transendence , University of Michigan, 1981 p.148; Dow II, pp.891-892; Eland 137; Lane Impressions of Niagara , p.51; McKinsey: 73; G. Seibel 300 Years since Father Hennepin Niagara Falls in Art 1678-1978, p.10. Not in Deak.
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