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
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Untitled [Placer mining scene]
Attributed to Carleton Watkins (American, 1829 - 1916)
Plate: 10.8 x 13.8 cm (4 1/4 x 5 7/16 in.)
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.