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View of the Falls of Chaudiere

View of the Falls of Chaudiere

Artist: Fisher, Lieutenant G. B.

Medium: Aquatint

Date: 1776

Shelfmark: K.top.119

Item number: 30.b

Length: 60.9-00-00 00:00:00

Width: 41

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Print

This view is part of a collection of six pictures by Lieutenant Fisher of the Royal Artillery. Also known as the ‘Koochiching' or 'Chaudron Falls’, the waterfall is large and impressive, falling near the city of Ottawa in Ontario. Fisher wrote a short description of this view,
"This very romantic and beautiful fall is about twelve miles distant from Quebec, and about three from the mouth of the river Chaudiere, which empties itself into the river St Lawrence. Its height is about seventy feet, and its breadth about fifty yards. During the melting if the snow the river is swollen to a vast height, and the torrent of water that rushes over the fall is so great, as entirely to obscure some large rocks in the middle, and which were very perceptible at the time this view was taken. In the summer months the water is so low as much to injure the effect: the time to view this scene to the greatest advantage is after the first torrents have in some measure subsided, when there is enough of the rock seen to form a contact with water, and before it is so low as to have a scattered and meagre appearance."

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