Cañon of Kanab Wash, Colorado River, Looking South

  • William Bell, Cañon of Kanab Wash, Colorado River, Looking South, 1872, 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, 1994.91.9

Exhibition Label
From an awkward position under a massive overhang, William Bell maneuvered his large unwieldy camera to capture the dramatic play of light and shadow on the limestone wall of the opposite cliff. Bell made this photograph while working on Lieutenant George Wheeler’s Geographical Surveys West of the 100th Meridian. His photographs can often be distinguished from those of other survey photographers by the contrast between a strong dark element in the foreground and lighter tones that recede into the distance.


A Democracy of Images: Photographs from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2013
Title
Cañon of Kanab Wash, Colorado River, Looking South
Artist
Date
1872
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
sheet and image: 10 7/8 x 7 7/8 in. (27.6 x 20.0 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
  • Landscape – rocks
  • Landscape – river – Colorado River
  • Landscape – canyon – Kanab Wash
Object Number
1994.91.9
Palette
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