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Watkins #844 - Agassiz Rock and the Yosemite Falls from Union Point
Image courtesy of: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles   (Accession Number 2004.70)
Photographers number:844
Title:Agassiz Rock and the Yosemite Falls from Union Point
Inscription:Recto mount on pasted paper label, centered below image: Agassiz Rock and the Yosemite Falls, From Union Point with series number 844 and his 427 Montgomery Street, San Francisco’ studio address
Date Photographed: 1878-1881
Catalog:Carleton Watkins: The Complete Mammoth Photographs, cat. no. 258
Notes:CMP notes: Agassiz Rock is located .32 km (1/5 mile) below and east of Union Point. Francois Matthes put it in the same category as the finely chiseled, castellated, and columnar features in the vicinity of Moran Point [see cat. nos. 269-271] and Union Point, which have been called forth by numerous intersecting joints, vertical, oblique, and horizontal. The best-known representative of this type of sculpture is the Agassiz Column, which stands, precariously balanced on a crumbling base (Matthes 1930, pp. 110-111). This view was made from a position a short distance .33 trail mile west of Glacier Point on the Four Mile Trail, a route from Yosemite Valley to Glacier Point that was surveyed and built by John Conway, who was one of the most famous of the early trail builders in Yosemite. Work began in late November 1871 and was completed in early summer 1872. It was financed by James McCaley, who entered into a contract with the Yosemite commissioners which entitled him t

Photographer:Carleton E Watkins   (Nov 11, 1829 — Jun 23, 1916;  Active approx. 1853 — 1896)
Publisher:Carleton Watkins
Format:Mammoth Plate
Image Size:21 14  x  15 14  in.  (54 x 38.7 cm)  —  Vertical, Rectangle
Mount Size:28  x  22   in.  (71.1 x 55.9 cm)
Provenance to 1900:Old Book Store, SF, 1967/Gordon L. Bennett  (source: 2004/Sotheby’s catalog)

View this image in gallery:Yosemite Valley from the North and South Rim
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