[City Front from Rincon Hill in 1860]

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[City Front from Rincon Hill in 1860]


Carleton Watkins (American, 1829 - 1916)




1860 - 1862


Albumen silver print


25.1 x 41.6 cm (9 7/8 x 16 3/8 in.)

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Although the foreground is a velvety black, the buildings receding behind the New York Grocery & Liquor Store become progressively lighter towards the horizon. The setting sun bathes the facades in light, showing that Carleton Watkins made this exposure late in the afternoon. He took the picture near the present-day anchor of the Bay Bridge, on the east side of the San Francisco peninsula. Before he ever began photographing in the wilderness, Watkins made his earliest outside-the-studio images of the buildings and cities around him--first San Jose, California, and then San Francisco.

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