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March 31, 2017

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Niagara Falls
Louisa Davis Minot

Minot was considered an artist of the Hudson River School, and now you know as much about her as I do.

Only recently has Louisa David Minot been identified as the artist of this painting of Niagara Falls, signed only Minot, making her one of the United States’ more prominent early female artists. The daughter of the solicitor-general of Massachusetts, Minot lived in Boston with her husband and five children. Although there is no known documentation of her artistic training, Minot wrote an essay called “Sketches of Scenery on the Niagara River” for the North American Review in July 1815, which captures her reaction as a tourist to the area. The terrible beauty of the waterfall comes across in her writing just as effectively as in her painting. She wrote: “The earth trembled as the torrent of the falls poured from a great height. The air filled with a mighty tumult of foam and wind. It was some time before I could command my pencil.”

Find a few more Hudson River School bios here.

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