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Mirror View of Mt. Watkins by George Fiske

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Mirror View of Mt. Watkins by George Fiske
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Author: Fiske, George
Title: Mirror View of Mt. Watkins, Yosemite Valley
Place Published: Yosemite National Park
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Date Published: c. 1870's-1880's
Description:


Albumen print mounted on board. Image: 19.1x11 cm (7½x4¼"); board: 25.5x20.5 cm (10x8").



Signed by Fiske in negative with his photograph no. 367. A close friend of Yosemite National Park's first Superintendent Galen Clark, George Fiske (1835-1918) was the official photographer for California's first national park. Fiske's photographs in James Mason Hutchings' In the Heart of the Sierras was the inspiration for Ansel Adams' first visit to Yosemite. In an acerbic moment, Adams weighed in, "I really can't get excited at Watkins and Muybridge – I do get excited at Fiske. I think he had the better eye." (Hickman & Pitts, 1980). Fiske photographs are seldom seen at auction as his legacy was significantly affected by two fires (1904 and 1943) which decimated his archive, the first of which leading to the suicide of the photographer. Titled in unknown hand on reverse.

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Hints of foxing with a bit of dampstaining to slightly curled board; a bit of yellowing around edges of photograph, light surface wear visible in raking light; very good or better.
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Mirror View of Mt. Watkins by George Fiske

Estimate $400 - $600
Oct 06, 2022
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Starting Price $200
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Est. $400 - $600Starting Price $200
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Lot 0117 Details
Description
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Heading:
Author: Fiske, George
Title: Mirror View of Mt. Watkins, Yosemite Valley
Place Published: Yosemite National Park
Publisher:
Date Published: c. 1870's-1880's
Description:


Albumen print mounted on board. Image: 19.1x11 cm (7½x4¼"); board: 25.5x20.5 cm (10x8").



Signed by Fiske in negative with his photograph no. 367. A close friend of Yosemite National Park's first Superintendent Galen Clark, George Fiske (1835-1918) was the official photographer for California's first national park. Fiske's photographs in James Mason Hutchings' In the Heart of the Sierras was the inspiration for Ansel Adams' first visit to Yosemite. In an acerbic moment, Adams weighed in, "I really can't get excited at Watkins and Muybridge – I do get excited at Fiske. I think he had the better eye." (Hickman & Pitts, 1980). Fiske photographs are seldom seen at auction as his legacy was significantly affected by two fires (1904 and 1943) which decimated his archive, the first of which leading to the suicide of the photographer. Titled in unknown hand on reverse.

Condition
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Hints of foxing with a bit of dampstaining to slightly curled board; a bit of yellowing around edges of photograph, light surface wear visible in raking light; very good or better.
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