[Section Grizzly Giant, Mariposa Grove]

Object Details

Title:

[Section Grizzly Giant, Mariposa Grove]

Artist/Maker(s):

Carleton Watkins (American, 1829 - 1916)

Culture:

American

Date:

1861

Medium:

Albumen silver print

Dimensions:

43.2 x 52.1 cm (17 x 20 1/2 in.)

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Galen Clark, the figure in this photograph, was designated as the guardian of the Mariposa Grove of giant sequoia about the time Abraham Lincoln ceded it to California in 1864. When this picture was made, Clark lived in a cabin (not pictured) nearby and maintained a rustic way station for visitors traveling to Yosemite Valley via the Mariposa Trail, which was developed in 1859.

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
In Focus: The Tree (February 8 to July 3, 2011)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), February 8 to July 3, 2011
Bibliography

Naef, Weston J. Carleton Watkins in Yosemite (Los Angeles : J. Paul Getty Museum, 2008) pl. 2