Albion River, Mendocino Co. Cal.

Carleton Watkinsnegative 1863; print 1868 - 1870

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

When creating this composition of the Albion River, Carleton Watkins positioned his camera to emphasize the meadow in the foreground. Behind the boundary created by the fence, the river cuts through deeply forested rolling hills, past a lumber mill shrouded in smoke. The stillness of the water belies the fact that the open ocean was less than a hundred yards to the photographer's left. In the center, windblown trees convey the sense of rugged wilderness that Watkins found characteristic of Mendocino County.

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  • Title: Albion River, Mendocino Co. Cal.
  • Creator: Carleton Watkins
  • Date: negative 1863; print 1868 - 1870
  • Physical Dimensions: 40 x 52.4 cm (15 3/4 x 20 5/8 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
  • Object Type: Print
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 84.XP.903.4
  • Inscription: (Recto, mount) inscribed in black ink, at lower center, in the style of Fulgenzio Seregni: "Albion River / Mendocino Co. Cal."; at lower left corner, pencil inscription lost due to chipping to mount. (Verso, mount) inscribed in pencil, at upper left corner: "68509"
  • Display Location: Not currently on view
  • Department: Photographs
  • Culture: American
  • Classification: Photographs