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National Champion American Elm, Vermillion River, Louisville, Kansas

1990 Barbara Bosworth Born: Cleveland, Ohio 1953 gelatin silver print image: 7 3/4 x 19 3/8 in. (19.5 x 49.3 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the Consolidated Natural Gas Company Foundation 1991.69.1 Not currently on view

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This American elm was designated a national champion in 1979. Bosworth first photographed the tree in 1990, and the museum acquired a print of the image the following year. She returned a decade later to discover the elm had fallen victim to the natural effects of wind and lightning, as well as vandals who had firebombed the trunk, leaving only one large healthy branch remaining. (See 2008.2.10)

Earth and Sky: Photographs by Barbara Bosworth exhibition label


Architecture Exterior - detail - fence

Landscape - Kansas - Louisville

Landscape - river - Vermillion River

Landscape - tree - elm tree

photography - photoprint

paper - agfa

gelatin silver