The J. Paul Getty Museum

View on the Calloway Canal, Near Poso Creek, Kern County

Object Details

Title:

View on the Calloway Canal, Near Poso Creek, Kern County

Artist/Maker:

Carleton Watkins (American, 1829 - 1916)

Culture:

American

Date:

1887

Medium:

Albumen silver print

Object Number:

92.XM.96.3

Dimensions:

37.5 × 53 cm (14 3/4 × 20 7/8 in.)

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Object Description

The first photographs Watkins made along the Kern River served as evidence in a water rights lawsuit that eventually resulted in a decisive court ruling that prevented newcomers from diverting water from existing landowners. James Ben Ali Haggin, the defendant and Watkins's client, had a series of irrigation canals that raised the price of land in Kern County. In this spare composition, made where present-day Poso Road crosses the Calloway Canal, Watkins devoted almost equal proportions to sky, land, and water.

Provenance
Provenance
Exhibitions
Exhibitions
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