The J. Paul Getty Museum

[Eagle Creek, Columbia River]

Object Details

Title:

[Eagle Creek, Columbia River]

Artist/Maker:

Carleton Watkins (American, 1829 - 1916)

Culture:

American

Date:

1867

Medium:

Albumen silver print

Object Number:

84.XM.493.33

Dimensions:

39.2 × 52.1 cm (15 7/16 × 20 1/2 in.)

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Object Description

In this photograph of Eagle Creek, Carleton Watkins positioned his camera overlooking the sawmill to sympathetically record a group of trees useful only as lumberyard ornaments. His perspective also allowed him to capture the Oregon Portage Railroad, which was used to carry cut lumber from the Eagle Creek Sawmill, snaking along the banks of the river.

When Watkins opened his Yosemite Art Gallery in San Francisco in 1867, he decided that he would stock only his own photographs. A four-month expedition to Oregon and the Columbia River provided hundreds of images for the gallery, including this example.

Provenance
Provenance
-1984

Samuel Wagstaff, Jr., American, 1921 - 1987, sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1984.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Carleton Watkins: From Where the View Looked Best (February 15 to June 4, 2000)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), February 15 to June 4, 2000
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
Bibliography
Bibliography

Watkins, Carleton E. and James Alinder, ed. Photographs of the Columbia River and Oregon, with essays by David Featherstone and Russ Anderson (Carmel, Calif.: Friends of Photography: Weston Gallery, 1979), pl. 36.