Untitled [Placer mining scene]

Object Details

Title:

Untitled [Placer mining scene]

Artist/Maker(s):

Unknown

Attributed to Carleton Watkins (American, 1829 - 1916)

Culture:

American

Place(s):

California, Placer, United States (Place created)

Date:

about 1850s

Medium:

Daguerreotype

Dimensions:

Plate: 10.8 x 13.8 cm (4 1/4 x 5 7/16 in.)

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Watkins was persistently interested in the technical details of mining operations. Here a primitive Spanish ore mill is used to pulverize gold-bearing rock. Throughout his career Watkins earned income producing photographs that were used as sources for engraved illustrations, as this one was.

Exhibitions
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, (Cat.)