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Carleton Watkins : making the West American

Author: Tyler Green
Publisher: Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2018]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Carleton Watkins (1829-1916) is widely considered the greatest American photographer of the nineteenth century and arguably the most influential artist of his era. He is best known for his pictures of Yosemite Valley and the nearby Mariposa Grove of giant sequoias. Watkins made his first trip to Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove in 1861 just as the Civil War was beginning. His photographs of Yosemite were  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Dust jackets (Binding)
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Green, Tyler, 1974-
Carleton Watkins.
Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2018]
(DLC) 2017060907
Named Person: Carleton E Watkins; Carleton E Watkins; Carleton E Watkins
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tyler Green
ISBN: 9780520287983 0520287983
OCLC Number: 1019843481
Description: xvii, 574 pages : illustrations (some color), map ; 24 cm
Contents: Sunrise in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains --
Arriving in California --
Creating Western culture at Black Point --
Secession or union? --
To Yosemite in wartime --
Sharing Yosemite --
Exhibiting Yosemite in wartime --
Expanding the Western landscape --
The birth of the nature park idea --
Assisting American science --
To Oregon (for industry) --
Volcanic landscapes --
Basking in achievement, building a business --
Celebrating Gilded Age wealth --
Taking Shasta, discovering glaciers --
The boom years --
San Francisco's borasca --
The comeback --
Creating semi-tropical California --
Showing California its history --
Enter William H. Lawrence --
Rebuilding a business --
Mapping from the mountaintops --
Becoming agricultural --
Traveling the West (again) --
The new industrial agriculture near Bakersfield, California --
The last great picture --
The long, slow end.
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"Carleton Watkins (1829-1916) is widely considered the greatest American photographer of the nineteenth century and arguably the most influential artist of his era. He is best known for his pictures of Yosemite Valley and the nearby Mariposa Grove of giant sequoias. Watkins made his first trip to Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove in 1861 just as the Civil War was beginning. His photographs of Yosemite were exhibited in New York for the first time in 1862, as news of the Union's disastrous defeat at Fredericksburg was landing in newspapers and while the Matthew Brady Studio's horrific photographs of Antietam were on view. Watkins's work tied the West to Northern cultural traditions and played a key role in pledging the once-wavering West to Union. Motivated by Watkins's pictures, Congress would pass legislation, later signed by Abraham Lincoln, that preserved Yosemite as the prototypical "national park," the first such act of landscape preservation in the world. Carleton Watkins: Making the West American includes the first history of the birth of the national park concept since pioneering environmental historian Hans Huth's landmark 1948 "Yosemite: The Story of an Idea." Watkins's photographs helped shape America's idea of the West, and helped make the West a full participant in the nation. His pictures of California, Oregon, and Nevada, as well as modern-day Washington, Utah, and Arizona, not only introduced entire landscapes to America but were important to the development of American business, finance, agriculture, government policy, and science. Watkins's clients, customers, and friends were a veritable "who's who" of America's Gilded Age, and his connections with notable figures such as Collis P. Huntington, John and Jessie Benton Frémont, Eadweard Muybridge, Frederick Billings, John Muir, Albert Bierstadt, and Asa Gray reveal how the Gilded Age helped make today's America."-- Publisher's description.
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"[a] fascinating and indispensable book."--Christopher Knight "Los Angeles Times " ..".the more that Green reveals about this enigmatic figure the more you want to see. As Green does with the events Read more...

 
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