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The Yosemite Valley from Inspiration Pt. Mariposa Trail / [General View of the Valley - from Inspiration Point]

Object Details

Title:

The Yosemite Valley from Inspiration Pt. Mariposa Trail / [General View of the Valley - from Inspiration Point]

Artist/Maker:

Carleton Watkins (American, 1829 - 1916)

Culture:

American

Place:

Yosemite, California, United States (Place Created)

Date:

negative 1865 - 1866

Medium:

Albumen silver print

Object Number:

85.XM.11.20

Dimensions:

39.7 × 52.1 cm (15 5/8 × 20 1/2 in.)

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Object Description

This sweeping view of the Yosemite Valley in winter was made from Inspiration Point on the Mariposa Trail. Yosemite's highest peak, El Capitan, rises at the left, a granite buttress 3,604 feet (1,098 meters) from the valley floor. At center right, almost lost in the photograph's dizzying detail, Bridalveil Fall streams down the mountainside, 620 feet (189 meters) of flowing white mist. Barely visible, Half Dome's crest forms an arc in the snowy center distance. The narrow foreground strip reveals that Carleton Watkins's camera was mere feet from the edge of Inspiration Point, giving the viewer a solid sense of being there, literally on the edge.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Carleton Watkins: Western Landscape and the Classical Vision (March 13 to May 27, 1990)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), March 13 to May 27, 1990
Bibliography
Bibliography

Fraenkel Gallery and Peter E. Palmquist. Carleton E. Watkins: Photographs, 1861-1874 (San Francisco: Fraenkel Gallery in association with Bedford Arts, 1989), pls. 2 and 3 for related views.

Naef, Weston J. Carleton Watkins in Yosemite (Los Angeles : J. Paul Getty Museum, 2008), pl. 7.