(WATKINS, TABER &c.)
An album of 32 photographs of the Yosemite and American West. Various places, c. 1890s
This beautiful album contains many splendid views of the scenic wonders of Yosemite. Subjects include the many magnificent falls, the Mariposa Grove of sequoias, and the great geological formations. At least two of the views in this collection were taken by Carleton Watkins. Those for which attribution to Watkins has been confirmed are singled out below, but this collection merits further investigation to identify Watkins photographs.
Stumbling Bear, Kiowa Chief. Fort Sill, Indian Territory, c. 1869-74
Photographer Will Soule arrived at Fort Sill in Indian Territory in late 1869 or early 1870. Fort Sill was then a military headquarters and agency for several Indian tribes, including the Kiowa. Before returning to Boston in 1874, Soule made an important series of Native American portraits, including this charismatic image of Chief Stumbling Bear.
JACKSON, WILLIAM HENRY
Great Salt Lake City, Wasatch Mts. Salt Lake City, 1869
William Henry Jackson is the greatest figure on the photography of the American West in the nineteenth century. This image is from his series of photographs made in the summer of 1869 upon the completion of the Union Pacific transcontinental railroad. Jackson’s catalogue of photographs describes this great image:
“Great Salt Lake City, Utah. A view looking south from the bluffs just north of the city, giving a bird’s-eye view and also a view of the Wasatch Mountains in the distance. In the center of the first view are grouped the many fine buildings of President Young. The one with the many gable windows is the ‘Lion House,’ the abode of his numerous wives, while the one just to the left of it is the ‘Bee-Hive’ House, his own private residence. The houses are so called from the emblems placed on them. Plainly visible are also many others of the finest private and public buildings” (Descriptive Catalog of the Photographs of the United States Geological Survey of the Territories (1869).