Six-part Panorama of San Francisco from San Francisco Album: Photographs of the Most Beautiful Views and Public Buildings of San Francisco

Object Details

Title:

Six-part Panorama of San Francisco from San Francisco Album: Photographs of the Most Beautiful Views and Public Buildings of San Francisco

Artist/Maker(s):

Attributed to Carleton Watkins (American, 1829 - 1916)

G. R. Fardon (British, 1807 - 1886)

Culture:

American

Place(s):

San Francisco, California, United States (Place created)

Date:

1855 - 1856

Medium:

Various, see extensions

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In his 1856 San Francisco Album, publisher George R. Fardon included six photographs that form an incomplete panorama of the city. Fardon positioned the plates randomly in his book rather than in topographical order. A missing plate completes the view. The seven-part version was printed before Fardon compiled his album, perhaps before the glass negative for the absent plate was broken or lost. This suggests that Fardon did not create the negatives himself, but acquired them later, apparently not knowing they formed a panorama.

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.)