Charles L. MitchellThe Pool, White Mountains
salted paper print
9 1/2 x 7 5/8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase from the Charles Isaacs Collection made possible in part by the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment
An imaginary intersection of the falls and water line divides this scene into four nearly equal quadrants. This straightforward compositional device and the picture’s clarity epitomize Charles Mitchell’s opposition to the soft focus, arty images so popular in the 1890s. An amateur Philadelphia photographer, Mitchell often visited New Hampshire to photograph the same vistas that continue to lure vacationers to the White Mountains.