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Former National Champion American Elm, Kansas, 2001

2001 Barbara Bosworth Born: Cleveland, Ohio 1953 gelatin silver print 7 5/8 x 19 3/8 in. (19.4 x 49.2 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Haluk and Elisa Soykan © 2001, Barbara Bosworth 2008.2.10 Not currently on view

Exhibition Label

This American elm was designated a national champion in 1979. Bosworth first photographed the tree in 1990 (see 1991.69.1), 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.

Earth and Sky: Photographs by Barbara Bosworth exhibition label


Landscape - Kansas

Landscape - tree - elm tree

photography - photoprint

gelatin silver