[Rail Road Bridge] / [Railroad Bridge, Cape Horn]

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[Rail Road Bridge] / [Railroad Bridge, Cape Horn]


Carleton Watkins (American, 1829 - 1916)






Salted paper print


32.2 x 40.6 cm (12 11/16 x 16 in.)

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Watkins often explored the ways in which lumber was used in mining. In the 1850s he probably provided lumber for building projects as a carpenter. His photographs of the elaborate wooden structures that were essential to the placer mining process were based on firsthand experience with the materials and an informed understanding of the delicate process of designing and building the structures.

101 Years of California Photography (February 29, 1992 to March 12, 1993)
  • Santa Barbara Museum of Art (Santa Barbara), February 29 to May 31, 1992
  • Crocker Art Museum (Sacramento), June 16 to August 14, 1992
  • Laguna Art Museum (Laguna Beach), January 15 to March 12, 1993
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

Fels, Thomas Weston. Carleton Watkins, Photographer: Yosemite and Mariposa Views from the Collection of the Park McCullough House, North Bennington, Vermont, exh. cat. (Williamstown, Mass.: Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 1983), p. 13.

Natural Magic: Salted Paper Prints in North America (Santa Barbara: Santa Barbara Museum of Art in association with the University of Washington Press, 2015), p. 63.