The J. Paul Getty Museum

[Thompson's Seedless Grapes]

Object Details

Title:

[Thompson's Seedless Grapes]

Artist/Maker:

Carleton Watkins (American, 1829 - 1916)

Culture:

American

Place:

Kern, California, United States (Place Created)

Date:

1880

Medium:

Albumen silver print

Object Number:

98.XM.21.1

Dimensions:

37.6 × 55.7 cm (14 13/16 × 21 15/16 in.)

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Object Description

In this image celebrating Kern County's agricultural bounty, Carleton Watkins clearly defined each fresh grape, tooth-edged leaf, and woody twig. Real estate developers successfully used photographs of lush fields, ripe produce, and plentiful harvests as a means of advertising to boost Southern California's economy. The grape bunches hanging from the tendrils of this vine represent the earliest cultivation of seedless grapes.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Carleton Watkins: From Where the View Looked Best (February 15 to June 4, 2000)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), February 15 to June 4, 2000
Photographers of Genius (March 16 to July 25, 2004)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), March 16 to July 25, 2004
Dialogue Among Giants: Carleton Watkins and the Rise of Photography in California (October 14, 2008 to March 1, 2009)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), October 14, 2008 to March 1, 2009