The J. Paul Getty Museum

Benton Works

Object Details

Title:

Benton Works

Artist/Maker:

Carleton Watkins (American, 1829 - 1916)

Culture:

American

Place:

California, United States (Place Created)

Date:

1860

Medium:

Salted paper print

Object Number:

84.XM.171.23

Dimensions:

35.2 × 41.8 cm (13 7/8 × 16 7/16 in.)

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Object Description

Benton Works mill (and dam) was in the vast Las Mariposas mining estate controlled by John C. Frémont and his wife, Jessie Benton Frémont. Watkins's commission drew upon his prior experience with mother lode mining subjects.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
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
Paper Promises: Early American Photography (February 27 to May 27, 2018)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), February 27 to May 27, 2018
Bibliography
Bibliography

Harris, Mazie, eds. Paper Promises: Early American Photography, exh. cat. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2018).