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Austin, Nevada

1868 Timothy H. O'Sullivan Born: Ireland 1840 Died: New York, New York 1882 albumen silver print sheet and image: 7 3/4 x 10 1/2 in. (19.7 x 26.7 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 1994.91.132 Not currently on view


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Dreams of fortune buried deep in silver mines attracted over 10,000 people to Austin, Nevada, in the early 1860s. Located in the remote Toiyabe Range, this boomtown was soon deserted, leaving the buildings seen here to fall into disrepair. Clarence King led a team through Austin for the U.S. government sponsored Geological Exploration of the Fortieth Parallel, a survey that covered an expanse 800 miles long and 100 miles wide between the Sierra Nevada and Rocky Mountains. Timothy O’Sullivan’s photograph illustrates with precision and clarity the scientific findings of this major geological study.


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

Keywords

Cityscape - Nevada - Austin

Landscape - bird's eye view

photography - photoprint

paper

paperboard

albumen silver

About Timothy H. O'Sullivan

Born: Ireland 1840 Died: New York, New York 1882

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