James Hamilton (1819–1878)


Oil on canvas

Gift of Sewell C. Biggs; 1993.4

Tourists began visiting Niagara Falls in the late 1700s, but the business itself grew tremendously in the 1850s when the world’s first railway suspension bridge spanned the Niagara River. Once tourists could visit via the railroad, images of Niagara became very popular subjects in American landscapes.