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Yosemite Valley from "Best General View"

Artist:
Carleton E. Watkins (American, 1829–1916)
Date:
ca. 1865
Medium:
Albumen silver print from glass negative
Dimensions:
Image: 39.4 x 52.1 cm (15 1/2 x 20 1/2 in.) Mount: 50.2 x 60.6 cm (19 3/4 x 23 7/8 in.) Frame: 60 x 74 cm (23 5/8 x 29 1/8 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Gilman Collection, Purchase, Harriette and Noel Levine Gift, 2005
Accession Number:
2005.100.338
Not on view
In July 1866 Josiah Whitney reported that "Watkins is on the spot, with a most wonderful camp, and has taken many fine pictures, some of these I think will surpass anything he has ever done—especially the trail view from the Mariposa Trail & a spectacle from a spot two-thirds of the way down which we all think gives the best general view of the valley, and Watkins thinks his best picture." The single tree (carefully trimmed to keep from blocking the view) flags the outset of the course the eye will take in discovering the receding space in this beautifully orchestrated landscape.
Inscription: [no inscriptions or annotations visible]
[Graphics International, Ltd., Washington, DC]; Gilman Paper Company Collection, New York, February 15, 1979

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. "Carleton Watkins: The Art of Perception," May 28, 1999–September 7, 1999.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Carleton Watkins: The Art of Perception," October 5, 1999–January 9, 2000.

National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. "Carleton Watkins: The Art of Perception," February 6, 2000–April 30, 2000.

Naef, Weston J., and James Wood. Era of Exploration: The Rise of Landscape Photography in the American West, 1860–1885. Buffalo: Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 1975. no. 19.

Palmquist, Peter E. Carleton Watkins: Photographer of the American West. Albuquerque: Amon Carter Museum of American Art, 1983. pl. 29.



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