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Carleton E. Watkins

Cathedral Spires, Yosemite Valley

Carleton E. Watkins

Carleton E. Watkins

Cathedral Spires, Yosemite Valley

Cathedral Spires, Yosemite Valley

Carleton E. Watkins

1829 - 1916

Cathedral Spires, Yosemite Valley


mammoth-plate albumen print, mounted, with title and 'No. 22' in pencil on the reverse, framed, 1865-66

image: 20 ¾ by 15 ½ in. (52.7 by 39.4 cm.)

frame: 33 ⅛ by 27 ⅛ in. (84.1 by 68.9 cm.)

Please note the colors and shades in the online catalogue illustration may vary depending on screen settings. On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 representing the darkest, deepest albumen print and highlights that retain their original detail, this print is a 9 or 10. The dark tones are a dense, rich chocolate brown. The highlights are creamy white, although the sky area is somewhat warm. The print has exceptional detail in the grassy meadow in the foreground, the trees in the middle-ground, and the rock faces in the background. This photograph is in generally excellent condition. The following are visible in high raking light: hairline scratches and impressions; and a one-inch crease at the lower right edge, possibly a result of the mounting process. None of the aforementioned appear to break the emulsion. Upon very close inspection, there are two small circular areas that are lighter in tonality amidst the tree leaves and branches at the far right. The mount is worn and heavily soiled. There are multiple darkened tide-lines at the lower right and left edges, which do not intrude upon the print. There are small tears and losses at the mount corners. The reverse is soiled. The edges are age-darkened, and the upper quarter of the reverse of the mount is significantly darker.


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Private collection, New England

Grogan & Company, Boston, 5 November 2017, Lot 94

Peter E. Palmquist and Jeffrey Fraenkel, Carleton E. Watkins: Photographs 1861–1874 (San Francisco, 1989), no. 39

Weston Naef and Christine Lewis-Hult, Carleton Watkins: The Complete Mammoth Photographs (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2011), cat. no. 166

Prints of this image are in the following collections: Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University, New Haven (WA 19XX.198.4:5); Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution, New York (1976-23-30); Denver Art Museum (1991.362); J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles (84.XP.787.5); Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (1970.540.2 and 1972.643.7); and New York Public Library.