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    Carleton Watkins: Collection of Twelve Albumen Photographs including one of legendary naturalist John Muir. These wonderful sepia-tone images range in size from 4.5" x 6.5" up to 6.5" x 8.5". Ten are individually matted in museum board, the two remaining are matted together in the same method. One particularly interesting shot pictures John Muir standing at the base of a giant redwood tree. Several show scenes from Yosemite and one pictures an eruption of Old Faithful in Yellowstone. A great group of turn-of-the-century California images.

    Carleton E. Watkins (1829-1916) was a notable California photographer. Born in upstate New York, he traveled to San Francisco during the gold rush period and soon went to work as an aide in a portrait studio. By 1861 he was taking photographs on his own of California mining scenes and of the Yosemite Valley. He shot both mammoth glass negatives and stereo views for which he was quite famous. Unfortunately, Watkins was not as good a businessman as he was a photographer resulting in many of his photos being credited to others and his family, for a time, having to live in a railroad boxcar. The 1906 earthquake destroyed his studio and negatives and he spent the last six years of his life in the Napa State Hospital for the Insane.

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    February, 2007
    26th-27th Monday-Tuesday
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