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Carleton E. Watkins

El Capitan, 3600 Ft., Yosemite Valley

Carleton E. Watkins

Carleton E. Watkins

El Capitan, 3600 Ft., Yosemite Valley

El Capitan, 3600 Ft., Yosemite Valley

Carleton E. Watkins

1829 - 1916

El Capitan, 3600 Ft., Yosemite Valley


mammoth-plate albumen print, mounted, with title and 'No. 19' in pencil on the reverse, 1861

image: 15 ½ by 20 ⅝ in. (39.4 by 52.4 cm.)

frame: 32 ½ by 27 in. (82.6 by 68.6 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 with highlights that retain their original detail, this print is a 7 or 8. While the dark tones are a rich coffee brown and are rendered with crystalline detail in the foreground, the midtones are diffuse and the highlights are somewhat yellowed in the sky. This photograph is in generally excellent condition. The following are visible in high raking light: hairline scratches and impressions; and scattered small deposits of retouching. Upon close inspection, there is faint soiling and scuffs in the sky. The mount is worn, heavily soiled, and age-darkened on the front and reverse. There is a 5-inch tideline at the lower right corner, which does not intrude upon the photograph. The lower right mount corner is creased. There are losses at the upper left and lower left mount corners as well as some small tears to the edges of the mount.


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Private collection, New England

Grogan & Company, Boston, 5 November 2017, Sale 161, Lot 106

Private collection, Massachusetts

Grogan & Company, Boston, 11 November 2018, Lot 126

Peter E. Palmquist and Jeffrey Fraenkel, Carleton E. Watkins: Photographs 1861–1874 (San Francisco, 1989), pl. 5

Weston Naef and Christine Lewis-Hult, Carleton Watkins: The Complete Mammoth Photographs (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2011), cat. no. 126, p. 63.

Tyler Green, Carleton Watkins: Making the West American (Oakland, 2018), p. 97

Prints of this image are in the following collections: Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown (1998.42.6); Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution, New York (1976-23-5); J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles (85.XM.11.4); and New York Public Library.