Austin, Nevada

  • Timothy H. O'Sullivan, Austin, Nevada, 1868, albumen silver print, 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

Exhibition Label
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
Title
Austin, Nevada
Artist
Date
1868
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
sheet and image: 7 3/4 x 10 1/2 in. (19.7 x 26.7 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase from the Charles Isaacs Collection made possible in part by the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment

Mediums Description
albumen silver print
Classifications
Keywords
  • Cityscape – Nevada – Austin
  • Landscape – bird's eye view
Object Number
1994.91.132
Palette
Linked Open Data
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