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Frederick Langenheim 
Panorama of Niagara Falls 
1845, July 
13 x 19 3/8 ins (framed) 
Metropolitan Museum of Art 
Gilman Collection, Gift of The Howard Gilman Foundation, 2005, Accession Number: 2005.100.495 
Former Attribution: William Langenheim (American, born Germany, Schöningen 1807–1874)
Curatorial description (Accessed: 18 January 2016)
In 1841-42 William and Frederick Langenheim opened a daguerreotype studio in Philadelphia. Known for their technical innovations, the former journalists were not the city's first but were certainly its most celebrated photographers. In 1845 the brothers traveled to Niagara Falls where they made the first ever photographs of the natural wonder. The panorama of five separate plates, assembled in an decorative mat to suggest the view from a colonnaded terrace, captures tremendous detail in the falling water, the figures, and the carriages in the foreground. The brothers produced eight sets of the panorama and sent them to the medium's inventor, Louis Daguerre, and to Queen Victoria, President Polk, the Duke of Brunswick, and the kings of Prussia, Saxony, and Wurtemberg. The recipients were duly impressed with their remarkable accomplishment, and the brothers received numerous citations and medals to acknowledge their achievement.
Rob McElroy (Facebook, The Daguerreian Society, 18 January 2016)
The Langenheim's made eight identical sets of these panoramas which were given to: the President of the United States (Polk), Queen Victoria, Daguerre, the Duke of Brunswick, and the Kings of Wurttemburg, Saxony and Prussia. 

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