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Carleton E. Watkins

'Ruins of the High Bridge, Cascades' (Middle Block House, Columbia River, Washington Territory)

Carleton E. Watkins

Carleton E. Watkins

'Ruins of the High Bridge, Cascades' (Middle Block House, Columbia River, Washington Territory)

'Ruins of the High Bridge, Cascades' (Middle Block House, Columbia River, Washington Territory)

Carleton E. Watkins

1829 - 1916

'Ruins of the High Bridge, Cascades' (Middle Block House, Columbia River, Washington Territory)


mammoth-plate albumen print, a plate from the album Photographs of the Columbia River and Oregon (San Francisco: C. E. Watkins, 1872), on the original two-toned folio mount, letterpress title on the mount, 1867

image: 15 ¾ by 20 ¾ in. (40 by 52.7 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 an 8 or 9. The dark tones are more coffee brown than eggplant, and remain exceptionally saturated. The highlights are bright without yellowing. There is excellent detail visible throughout, including the train and bridge in the foreground; the trunks of individual trees in the background; and the thin trunks of felled frees that punctuate the mountainside. There is a one-inch band of edge-fading and yellowing along the left, right, and lower edges, which is partially visible with the mat window closed. This print is in generally excellent condition. The following are visible in raking light: a few faint impressions and hairline scratches; and a 3-inch scuff in the upper left portion of the sky. None of the aforementioned appear to break the emulsion or are immediately apparent when viewing the photograph. The original two-toned mount is soiled and appropriately age-darkened at the edges and on the reverse. The following are visible: small, scattered foxmarks; and a 1/2-inch horizontal tear at the right edge. '68407' is written in pencil in an unidentified hand on the reverse.


The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance only. Any reference to condition in the condition report for the lot does not amount to a full description of condition. The images of the lot form part of the condition report for the lot. Certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot. In particular, the online images may represent colors and shades which are different to the lot's actual color and shades. The condition report for the lot may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the condition report for the lot or shown in the online images of the lot. The condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation. The condition report is a statement of opinion only. For that reason, the condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE/BUSINESS APPLICABLE TO THE RESPECTIVE SALE.

G. Ray Hawkins Gallery, Los Angeles
James Alinder, ed., Carleton E. Watkins: Photographs of the Columbia River and Oregon (Carmel: The Friends of Photography in association with The Weston Gallery, 1979), pl. 27

Weston Naef and Christine Hult-Lewis, Carleton Watkins: The Complete Mammoth Photographs (Los Angeles: The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2011), cat. no. 477 and p. 204

This extraordinary view of a train stopped beside a collapsed bridge near the Columbia River captures several passengers perched at the front of the first car while the conductor stands on the ground to their right. Watkins' photographic caravan is partially visible on the flatcar attached to the rear of the train.


Prints of this image are in the following collections: California State Library, Sacramento (304/96); Oregon State Library, Salem (*917.95); Royal British Columbia Museum, Victoria, Canada (98502-20:85); and Stanford University Libraries, Palo Alto (917.95.W335:27).