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Grand Cañon of the Colorado

ca. 1880 William H. Jackson Born: Keesville, New York 1843 Died: New York, New York 1942 albumen silver print sheet and image: 21 1/8 x 16 7/8 in. (53.7 x 42.8 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase from the Charles Isaacs Collection made possible in part by the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment 1994.91.85 Not currently on view


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William Henry Jackson spent the years between 1870 and 1879 as the official photographer for Ferdinand V. Harden’s U.S. Geological and Geographical Survey of the Territories. While working on this federally supported expedition, Jackson photographed the largely unsettled Western frontier, including the region that is now called Yellowstone National Park. Jackson’s photographs of Western subjects hung in the parlors of thousands of homes, and stimulated interest in the region among the business people and tourists alike.


A Democracy of Images: Photographs from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2013

Keywords

Figure(s) in exterior - rural

Landscape - canyon - Grand Canyon of the Colorado

Landscape - mountain

Landscape - river - Colorado River

photography - photoprint

paper

paperboard

albumen silver

About William H. Jackson

Born: Keesville, New York 1843 Died: New York, New York 1942

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