"The Loop" near Georgetown, Colorado

Object Details

Title:

"The Loop" near Georgetown, Colorado

Artist/Maker(s):

William Henry Jackson (American, 1843 - 1942)

Culture:

American

Date:

about 1885

Medium:

Albumen silver print

Dimensions:

44.5 x 48.6 cm (17 1/2 x 19 1/8 in.)

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A steam engine winds through the steep, rocky terrain of the American West on a tightly curved loop of track above a rushing river--an exciting sight for viewers in the 1800s. Since railroad tracks commonly passed through areas that were previously inaccessible, such landscapes were often unfamiliar. Railroad photographers sought to depict the grand engineering achievements of the trains in ways that would most appeal to their potential customers. As part of an awe-inspiring landscape, bridges, tunnels, and loops like this one appeared even more magnificent.

Exhibitions
Railroad Vision (March 3 to June 23, 2002)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), March 5 to June 23, 2002
Robert Adams: Landscapes of Harmony and Dissonance (February 7 to May 28, 2006)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), February 7 to May 28, 2006