Felling Cedar Tree Thirty Miles East of Seattle, 76 feet in Circumference, 18 in From Ground

Object Details

Title:

Felling Cedar Tree Thirty Miles East of Seattle, 76 feet in Circumference, 18 in From Ground

Artist/Maker:

Darius Kinsey (American, 1869 - 1945)

Culture:

American

Place:

Washington, United States, North America (Place created)

Date:

1906

Medium:

Gelatin silver print

Object Number:

84.XM.490.18

Dimensions:

34.6 × 27 cm (13 5/8 × 10 5/8 in.)

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Kinsey was a professional photographer who earned his living documenting the woodcutters who conquered the forests of the American West, one tree at a time. The magnitude of their task is visible in this image of a cedar, where the chopping axes look like matchsticks in relation to the girth of the trunk. Lamentably, the now vanished forests attest to the fortitude and tenacity of these pioneers.

Provenance
-1984

Samuel Wagstaff, Jr., American, 1921 - 1987, sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1984.

Exhibitions
In Focus: The Tree (February 8 to July 3, 2011)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), February 8 to July 3, 2011