Mirror Lake and Reflections, Yosemite Valley, Mariposa County, California

  • Thomas Houseworth and Co., Charles L. Weed, Mirror Lake and Reflections, Yosemite Valley, Mariposa County, California, 1865, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Charles T. Isaacs, 1994.89.5

Exhibition Label
Like Carleton Watkins, his better-known competitor, Charles Weed recognized the pictorial dividend to be gained by showing Yosemite’s glorious geological features in duplicate, using the valley’s lakes as reflecting ponds. Weed first traveled to what was then known as “Yo-Semite,” in 1859, but with a relatively small camera. He returned in 1865 with a larger model capable of using what were called mammoth plates. Like Watkins, he sold his prints to buyers eager to own a photograph of majestic natural beauty.


A Democracy of Images: Photographs from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2013
Title
Mirror Lake and Reflections, Yosemite Valley, Mariposa County, California
Artists
Date
1865
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
sheet and image: 15 1/2 x 20 1/4 in. (39.4 x 51.4 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Charles T. Isaacs

Classifications
Keywords
  • Landscape – valley – Yosemite Valley
  • Landscape – California – Mariposa County
  • Landscape – phenomenon – light
  • Landscape – lake – Mirror Lake
Object Number
1994.89.5
Palette
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