Street Scene in La Rancheria, California

Object Details

Title:

Street Scene in La Rancheria, California

Artist/Maker(s):

Carleton Watkins (American, 1829 - 1916)

Robert H. Vance (American, 1825 - 1876)

Culture:

American

Date:

1853 - 1855

Medium:

Daguerreotype, hand-colored

Dimensions:

8.3 x 11.4 cm (3 1/4 x 4 1/2 in.)

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The mining camp of La Rancherie was located near the fabled Sutter's Mill in California, where gold was discovered in 1849. In the volatile gold-rush environment of prospectors, get-rich-quick dreams, and fly-by-night towns, an assembly of men in the foreground stood for the camera to immortalize their roles in the historical moment. La Rancherie stood out for its stability: it could boast a few buildings made of clapboard and some that were even painted. The illustrated hotel sign at upper left indicates a clientele that was not entirely literate and might rely on pictures to identify potential lodgings.

Provenance
1984 -

Daniel Wolf, Inc.

Exhibitions
The Art of the Daguerreotype (April 14 to July 12, 1998)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), April 14 to July 12, 1998
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