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Watkins, Carleton, and others?
TWENTY ONE MAMMOTH PHOTOGRAPHS OF YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK AND THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST. [C.1865-C.1880]
21 MAMMOTH ALBUMEN PRINTS (average 398 x 522mm., or the reverse), individually mounted on card (one window mounted), most titled in ink on the mount, some fading and spotting to images, mounts with spotting and wear; [TOGETHER WITH 3 large oblong folio plates (560 x 710mm.) from 'Glimpses along the Canadian Pacific Railway', c.1890s]; preserved in a nineteenth-century cloth portfolio
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Literature

Naef, Weston and Christine Hult-Lewis. Carleton Watkins: The Complete Mammoth Photographs (Getty Museum, Los Angeles, 2011), nos. 105, 116, 126, 139, 152, 199, 220, 224, 234, 454, 458, 523

Catalogue Note

In 1860 Josiah Whitney was appointed head of California State Geological Survey, whose primary goal was to map the geography of California. The Survey also gave names to previously unnamed geographical features, and among geologists and others honoured was Sir Charles Lyell.

A hand written label, which was probably once attached to the back of the window mounted image (at one time framed) reads: 'Rocky Mountains, Yosemite Valley. Mount Lyell central Peak in the distance, 13,217 feet. Nevada Falls, Upper & Lower. Liberty Cap is the Mountain in the centre, with a Hotel at the foot, where Frank lunched'.  This probably refers to Francis Horner Lyell, nephew of Sir Charles Lyell.

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