Niagara Falls from the Foot of Goat Island
While serving as an apprentice to an architect, the young Jasper Cropsey (1823-1900) discovered engravings of the landscapes of the French painter Claude Lorrain which he began to imitate. When he launched his own career as a painter, he fell under the influence of Thomas Cole and transcendentalist philosophy, becoming one of the artists of the Hudson River School. He was particularly famous for his fall scenes and known as Americas painter of autumn in both the United States and England. Though Niagara Falls is not specifically one of his autumnal painting, it shares their vivid palette and sense of liveliness.