122
122
Carleton E. Watkins
1829-1916
'HALF DOME FROM GLACIER PT., YOSEMITE'
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 8,750 USD
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122
Carleton E. Watkins
1829-1916
'HALF DOME FROM GLACIER PT., YOSEMITE'
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 8,750 USD
JUMP TO LOT

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Carleton E. Watkins
1829-1916
1829-1916
'HALF DOME FROM GLACIER PT., YOSEMITE'
mammoth-plate albumen print, mounted, signed 'C. E. Watkins' and numbered 'No. 101' by the photographer in ink and titled and numbered by him in pencil on the mount, matted, 1865-66 (Era of Exploration, pl. 22 and fig. 168)
16 by 20 3/8 in. (40.6 by 51.8 cm.)
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Provenance

Presumably, the Gardner Collection of Photographs, Harvard University

To the present owner, 1965-66

Catalogue Note

The present photograph presents a sweeping view of the Yosemite Valley from Glacier Point, a promontory Watkins himself is likely to have named (cf. Lot 120).  The magnificent Half Dome rises in the middle distance, with Tenaya Canyon and Mount Lyell beyond. 

The Half Dome, an inspiration to photographers from the 19th century to the present time, is believed to have been named the first day the Mariposa Battalion entered the Yosemite Valley in 1851.  In his Yosemite Place Names (Lafayette, California, 1988), Peter Browning relates that Private Champion Spencer, Company B, is reported to have 'looked a good long while at that split mountain, and called it a "half dome"' (p. 56).  Watkins took several views of Half Dome from the Valley floor in 1861.  In the mid-1860s, however, he began working from above, taking the photograph offered here, as well as others. 

Weston Naef and the Carleton Watkins Mammoth Plate Catalogue Raisonné Project locate 23 other prints of this image, most in institutional collections, but also including four that have appeared at auction in New York. 

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