This image is in the public domain (free of copyright restrictions), and as such we offer a high-resolution image of it. See our image rights statement.


See more objects with the color darkgrey or see all the colors for this object.

Object Timeline



  • We acquired this object.



  • You found it!

Drawing, American Falls, Niagara River

This is a Drawing. It was created by Frederic Edwin Church. It is dated 1856 and we acquired it in 1917. Its medium is graphite on green wove paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

This object was donated by Louis P. Church. It is credited Gift of Louis P. Church.

Its dimensions are

Sheet: 9.6 x 15.5 cm (3 3/4 x 6 1/8 in.)

It is inscribed

Inscribed in graphite, at various locations: blue/ yellow white grey/ thundery/ smoky light/ blue green; and dated (?), at lower right: 1856

Cite this object as

Drawing, American Falls, Niagara River; Frederic Edwin Church (American, 1826–1900); USA; graphite on green wove paper; Sheet: 9.6 x 15.5 cm (3 3/4 x 6 1/8 in.); Gift of Louis P. Church; 1917-4-149-a

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Frederic Church, Winslow Homer & Thomas Moran: Tourism and the American Landscape.

This image is in the public domain (free of copyright restrictions). You can copy, modify, and distribute this work without contacting the Smithsonian. For more information, visit the Smithsonian’s Terms of Use page.

If you would like to cite this object in a Wikipedia article please use the following template:

<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url= |title=Drawing, American Falls, Niagara River |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=23 October 2021 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>