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    Sale 2520 | Lot 5
    Price Realized: $5,000With Buyer's Premium
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    • Sale 2520 Lot 5

      CARLETON E. WATKINS (1829-1916)
      Vernal Falls 350 feet, Yosemite Valley. Mammoth-plate albumen print, the image measuring 15x20 3/4 inches (38.1x52.7 cm.), unmounted. 1878-81

      Estimate $3,000 - 4,500

      In July 1861, Watkins made a career-changing decision to photograph Yosemite. He traveled wiith a mammoth-plate camera that held glass plate negatives measuring 18x22 inches. His majestic pictures influenced Congress and encouraged Pres. Lincoln to create the Yosemite Grant Act, in 1864, a bill that declared the land inviolable.

      Naef and Hult-Lewis, Carleton Watkins: The Complete Mammoth Photographs (The J. Paul Getty Museum), cat. no. 241 (CEW 859), p. 107.


      Price Realized (with Buyer's Premium) $5,000