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'yosemite falls, view from the bottom yosemite'

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Mammoth-plate albumen print, mounted, the photographer’s letterpress label, with the title, series number 838, series title, and the photographer’s ‘San Francisco’ studio address, affixed to the mount, the collector’s stamp on the reverse, matted, framed, the Monterey Museum of Art exhibition label on the reverse, 1878-81\nThe Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls, when measured together with the cascades between them, form one of the highest waterfalls in the world: the drop is nearly 2,500 feet from the Yosemite Creek above to the Merced River below.  In the present view, taken from near the bottom of Lower Yosemite Fall, the waterfall appears to form an almost continuous line from the high cliffs to the Valley.  In reality, the Upper Fall is far taller and far more distant than the photograph indicates: the Falls’ relative proportion to one another, as well as the vast diagonal distance between the top of the Upper Fall and the top of the Lower Fall, can be seen in Lot 49.\nOn his first trip to Yosemite in 1861, Watkins made picturesque, mammoth-plate views of the Falls from a distant viewpoint, sometimes looking across the Merced River, at other times from the wooded Valley floor.  In the mid-1860s, however, Watkins’s mammoth-plates of waterfalls began to change.  In his 1867 view of the Multnomah Falls, from the Columbia River series, Watkins attempts to capture the full expanse of the drop, filling the frame with a ribbon of water from top to bottom.  In the ‘New Series’ view of the Yosemite Falls offered here, his viewpoint has become even more dramatic: with only a thin wedge of sky at the top to locate the viewer in space, the water rushes forward with cinematic effect.\nFor 1861 Watkins views of the Yosemite Falls, see Nickel, op. cit., pl. 27, and Fraenkel, op. cit., pl. 45.  For the Watkins photograph of Multnomah Falls, see Friends of Photography, Carleton E. Watkins: Photographs of the Columbia River and Oregon (Carmel, 1979), pl. 50.


Carleton E. Watkins


21 3/8 by 15in. (54.3 by 38.1cm.)


Focus Gallery, San Francisco, Early Views of Yosemite and the California Missions: Photographs by Carleton E. Watkins from the Collection of Gordon Bennett, November – December 1973 Amon Carter Museum, Carleton E. Watkins: Photographer of the American West, April – May 1983; and thereafter to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, June – August 1983; The St. Louis Art Museum, September – October 1983; and The Oakland Museum, December 1983 – February 1984 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, A History of Photography from California Collections, February – April 1989 Monterey Museum of Art, Carleton E. Watkins: Yosemite Photographs, Courtesy of Gordon L. Bennett, June – September 1993 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Carleton Watkins: The Art of Perception, May – September 1999, and thereafter to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 1999 – January 2000; and the National Gallery of Art, February – April 2000


Palmquist, Carleton E. Watkins, Photographer of the American West, pl. 67 (this print) Nickel, Carleton Watkins: The Art of Perception, pl. 40 (this print) Palmquist, ‘Carleton Watkins: Life and Art,’ in Portfolio: The Magazine of Fine Arts, Vol. V., No. 2 (New York, March/April 1983), p. 91 (this print)


The Old Book Store, San Francisco, 1967



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