River View - Down the Valley - Yo Semite

Carleton Watkins1861

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

Reflections on the slow-moving Merced River give this image a sense of melancholy stillness. Further conveying this impression is a dead tree in the center of the image, one of two trees that dominate the composition. Among many photographs made by Carleton Watkins, this one juxtaposes the static and the dynamic. Beside the decaying tree, however, a young and healthy one thrives. Adjacent to both is the enduring facade of El Capitan.


  • Title: River View - Down the Valley - Yo Semite
  • Creator: Carleton Watkins
  • Date Created: 1861
  • Location Created: Yosemite, California, United States
  • Physical Dimensions: 39.4 × 52.4 cm (15 1/2 × 20 5/8 in.)
  • Type: Print
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Albumen silver print
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 85.XM.361.13
  • Culture: American
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Creator Display Name: Carleton Watkins (American, 1829 - 1916)
  • Classification: Photographs (Visual Works)

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