Canal Lock Under Construction

Object Details

Title:

Canal Lock Under Construction

Artist/Maker(s):

Unknown maker, American

Culture:

American

Date:

about 1849

Medium:

Daguerreotype

Dimensions:

13.7 x 18.6 cm (5 3/8 x 7 5/16 in.)

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This photograph represents the process of constructing a lock along an unidentified canal in the eastern United States. From atop a construction rig, the photographer provided a view of the lock's nearly completed gates. Construction debris litters the seeping canal floor. Stonemasons and carpenters provide a sense of scale and bring a human perspective to this vast engineering enterprise. The large size of the daguerreotype plate indicates the importance placed on creating this visual document.

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
The American Tradition and Walker Evans (July 10 to October 28, 2001)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), July 10 to October 28, 2001
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