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
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The Yosemite Valley from Inspiration Pt. Mariposa Trail / [General View of the Valley - from Inspiration Point]
Carleton Watkins (American, 1829 - 1916)
Yosemite, California, United States (Place Created)
negative 1865 - 1866
Albumen silver print
39.7 × 52.1 cm (15 5/8 × 20 1/2 in.)
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
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.