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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF ANTHONY MORSE, III

Carleton E. Watkins
1829-1916
'YO SEMITE FALLS--(FRONT VIEW) 2477 FT.'
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LOT SOLD. 79,000 USD
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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF ANTHONY MORSE, III

Carleton E. Watkins
1829-1916
'YO SEMITE FALLS--(FRONT VIEW) 2477 FT.'
Estimate
30,00050,000
LOT SOLD. 79,000 USD
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Carleton E. Watkins
1829-1916
1829-1916
'YO SEMITE FALLS--(FRONT VIEW) 2477 FT.'
mammoth-plate albumen print with arched top, mounted, signed 'C. E. Watkins' by the photographer in ink and titled by him in pencil on the mount, matted, 1861
15 3/4 by 20 1/2 in. (40 by 52.1 cm.)
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Provenance

Presumably, the Gardner Collection of Photographs, Harvard University

To the present owner, 1965-66

Catalogue Note

The Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls, when measured together with the cascades between them, form one of the highest waterfalls in the world: the total drop is nearly 2,500 feet from the Yosemite Creek above to the Merced River below.  In this early Watkins dome-topped view, taken from across the wooded valley floor, the overwhelming height of the Upper Fall is seen in its correct proportion to the smaller Lower Fall.

Weston Naef and the Carleton Watkins Mammoth Plate Catalogue Raisonné Project locate 16 other prints of this image in institutional collections, as well as three prints that have appeared on the market in recent years.

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