Oswego Iron Works, Willamette River

Carleton Watkins1867

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

Looming at the end of a short road is a simple building with stacks of lumber lying about that indicate its recent construction. Two gentlemen observe the facility from a distance, looking down toward the river. When viewed without the right-hand panel that includes the river, the men appear to be simply overlooking a modest plateau. Although this image was created as the left half of a two-part panorama, it easily stands on its own as a result of its compositional integrity.

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  • Title: Oswego Iron Works, Willamette River
  • Creator: Carleton Watkins
  • Date: 1867
  • Location Created: Oregon, United States
  • Physical Dimensions: 40.3 x 52.7 cm (15 7/8 x 20 3/4 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: 87.XM.72.1
  • Inscription: (Recto, mount) inscribed in black ink, at center below image, in the style of Fulgenzio Seregni: "Oswego Iron Works / Willamette River"
  • Display Location: Not currently on view
  • Department: Photographs
  • Culture: American
  • Classification: Photographs


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