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View from the Sentinel Dome, Yosemite

Carleton E. Watkins (American, 1829–1916)

Date:
1865–66
Medium:
Albumen silver print from glass negative
Dimensions:
40.8 x 52.5 cm (16 1/16 x 20 11/16 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1989
Accession Number:
1989.1084.3
  • Description

    Carleton Watkins made his name with views of Yosemite Valley, which he photographed repeatedly over a twenty-year period, beginning in 1861. By that time, he was a virtuoso practitioner of the difficult wet-collodion process using "mammoth" glass plates, which rendered the vastness of the landscape and its infinite details with unsurpassed scope and clarity. During a visit to Yosemite in 1865-66, Watkins ascended the Sentinel Dome. He made a series of three photographs of this unparalleled view, each an integral, self-sufficient picture. When seen together, they form a broad and encompassing embrace of the valley.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Inscribed and signed in ink on mount, recto LL, LR, below image: "No. 97", "C.E. Watkins"; inscribed in pencil on mount, recto LR: "View from the Sentinel Dome, Yosemite. No. 97 3 [number 3 in brown pencil]"; inscribed in pencil on mount, recto UR, above image: "67-"

  • Provenance

    Fraenkel Gallery

  • Notes

    3rd of 3 views with 1989.1084.1 and 1989.1084.2 forming a panorama. Two other panoramas are known: one in an album at Stanford University Library, the other at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

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    In the Museum
    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
    MetPublications
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