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View Down the Valley, Yosemite

Photography
photograph
View Down the Valley, Yosemite

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Eadweard Muybridge
American, 1830–1904
Carleton E. Watkins
American, 1829–1916

Date

1865–1866

Medium

Albumen silver print

Accession #

1980.119

Dimensions

15 1/2 x 20 5/8 inches

Location

On View - Wieland Pavilion, Lower Level, Gallery 100

Description

Carleton Watkins was one of the most highly acclaimed photographers to survey the American West in the 1860s. This sweeping view of the Yosemite Valley conveys the awe-inspiring grandeur of the Western landscape that drew so many travelers and entrepreneurs.
Watkins anchored the composition by flanking the tree-lined valley floor with the iconic landmarks of Cathedral Rocks and El Capitan rising on either side. In the foreground, the glassy Merced River conveys the stillness of a seemingly untouched wilderness.

Credit

Gift of Life Insurance Company of Georgia