[Part of the Trunk of the "Grizzly Giant" with Clark - Mariposa Grove - 33 feet diameter]

Object Details

Title:

[Part of the Trunk of the "Grizzly Giant" with Clark - Mariposa Grove - 33 feet diameter]

Artist/Maker(s):

Carleton Watkins (American, 1829 - 1916)

Culture:

American

Place(s):

Yosemite, California, United States (Place created)

Date:

negative 1861; print about 1866

Medium:

Albumen silver print

Dimensions:

40.3 x 52.9 cm (15 7/8 x 20 13/16 in.)

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Carleton Watkins's guide into Yosemite Valley, Galen Clark, stands at the thirty-three foot wide base of a sequoia tree known as "the grizzly giant," legitimizing the larger-than-life tales of the western wilderness. The sequoia's fallen branches at Clark's feet are so large they are the size of ordinary trees. After Abraham Lincoln ceded the area to California in 1864, Clark was officially appointed the Guardian of Yosemite. As its caretaker, he received an annual salary of five hundred dollars.

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
Education Resources

Education Resource

Subjects

Grades

Format

Historical Witness, Social Messaging

Additional works of art related to the themes and topics of the curriculum.

Land Use and Lawmaking - Intermediate

Lesson in which students discuss principles of transcendentalism and create photographic essays depicting an environmental issue.

Visual Arts; English–Language Arts; History–Social Science

6-8

Long-Term Unit