"Agassiz" Column, Yosemite

Carleton Watkins1878

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

This compelling photograph presents an austere view of Agassiz Column, a seemingly precarious monument in Yosemite. Carleton Watkins achieved the round vignette format by either photographing or printing through a circular stencil, masking out the square edges. He often experimented with different angles, perspectives, and print formats in his New Series, the images he made after 1876.

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  • Title: "Agassiz" Column, Yosemite
  • Creator: Carleton Watkins
  • Date: 1878
  • Physical Dimensions: 12.5 x 12.5 cm (4 15/16 x 4 15/16 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Albumen silver print
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Signature: (Verso) signed in pencil, at lower center under title: "C.E. Watkins"
  • Object Type: Print
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 92.XM.81.4
  • Inscription: (Verso) inscribed in pencil, at center, by Watkins: ' "Agassiz" Column / Yosemite ' (Verso) inscribed in pencil, at lower right corner: "AA 11,9"
  • Display Location: Not currently on view
  • Department: Photographs
  • Culture: American
  • Classification: Photographs


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