The J. Paul Getty Museum

[Young Orchard, Palermo, Butte County]

Object Details

Title:

[Young Orchard, Palermo, Butte County]

Artist/Maker:

Carleton Watkins (American, 1829 - 1916)

Culture:

American

Place:

Butte County, California, United States (Place Created)

Date:

about 1888–1891

Medium:

Albumen silver print

Object Number:

99.XM.31.1

Dimensions:

38.2 × 54.3 cm (15 1/16 × 21 3/8 in.)

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Object Description

In 1880 Carleton Watkins spent almost two weeks in Los Angeles, where he was transfixed by the process of water transforming a vacant landscape into bountiful fields. In this picture of a young orchard, the receding rows of saplings create a compelling geometric composition. After the financial collapse of 1873, Collis P. Huntington, one of the executives of the Southern Pacific Railroad, devised a plan to sell real estate along the railroad's right-of-way for agricultural purposes. Watkins's appealing photographs of successful orchards and farms contributed to the success of Huntington's plan.

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