View of Crawford Notch, New Hampshire

Object Details

Title:

View of Crawford Notch, New Hampshire

Artist/Maker(s):

Dr. Samuel A. Bemis (American, 1793 - 1881)

Culture:

American

Date:

about 1840

Medium:

Daguerreotype

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Boston dentist Samuel Bemis, one of the first Americans to use a daguerreotype outfit successfully, practiced photography during his summer months in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. His landscape views of the area are the earliest surviving American photographs to depict untamed nature. Here he depicts a scene of rugged beauty.

An innovative amateur, Bemis was not a masterful technician of the complicated daguerreotype process. The dark tone of the sky and the light areas along the slope of the mountain indicate inadequate processing of the daguerreotype plate.

Provenance
1984 -

Samuel Wagstaff, Jr., American, 1921 - 1987

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
In Focus: Picturing Landscape (May 22 to October 7, 2012)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), May 22 to October 7, 2012