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Joachim Ferdinand Richardt
Suspension Bridge over the Niagara River

c. 1855-56

$185,000

About

Born in Brede, Denmark, Ferdinand Richardt studied at the Copenhagen Academy where he learned landscape painting under the German artist Gustav Hetsch. In 1855 Richardt came to America to visit Niagara Falls, and, according to the Catalogue of the Niagara Gallery (op. cit.), “to study the sublimity and grandeur of that wonderful work of Nature. . . .” While there he executed at least thirty-two paintings of various scenes in the area, which were exhibited and offered for sale at Henry Leeds & Co., New York, in 1857 (op. cit.). It is for this series of paintings that Richardt is best known. This painting depicts the railroad suspension bridge over the Niagara River, designed by John A. Roebling. The view is taken from the Canadian side, looking toward the American side. Construction on the bridge began in September 1852 and was completed by March 1855. The lower deck of the bridge was used by vehicles and pedestrians, while the upper deck had three gauges of track for the railroad. The trains of the New York Central and Great Western Railroad companies crossed the bridge regularly, averaging about thirty trips a day. In his Final Report . . . to the Presidents and Directors of the Niagara Falls Suspension and Niagara Falls International Bridge Companies (May 1855), Roebling lists the following statistics on the bridge: length of the bridge from its center to center of tower, 821 feet 4 inches; length of floor between towers, 800 feet; number of wire cables, 4; diameter of each wire cable, 10 inches; ultimate strength of four cables, 12,000 tons; permanent weight supported by four cables, 1000 tons; elevation of railroad track above middle of river, 245 feet. According to an article in The New-York Daily Times of August 31, 1852 (p. 1 col. 6), the bridge was “the longest railroad bridge between the points of support in the world.” It was, in fact, the only great railroad suspension bridge ever built.

Details

  • Creator
    Joachim Ferdinand Richardt (1819-1895, Danish)
  • Creation Year
    c. 1855-56
  • Dimensions
    Height: 29 in. (73.66 cm)Width: 49 in. (124.46 cm)
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  • Gallery Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    Seller: APG 63711stDibs: LU234453862

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