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Unidentified Artist

Echo Lake, North Conway, Franconia, White Mountains
about 1870
albumen print
8 1/4 x 6 1/2 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

Whoever took this photograph had a sophisticated eye for composition. The image of a rock face split down the middle and flipped 180 degrees like a playing card has the quality of an optical illusion. Only the blurriness of the bottom half of the photograph and the smidgen of shoreline at the bottom edge indicate that it is a reflection.