Watkins (Carleton E.) Hearst Mining Collection of Views, 1871-1876

Owning Institution: UC Berkeley, Bancroft Library

About this Collection

The collection consists of 139 landscape views, 15 «" x 21", and nine 39" x 58" enlargements. Two of the latter are enlargements of smaller 15 «" x 21" photographs. The two remaining photographs in the collection are of the drawing, Celebration of Admission Day, October 29, 1850 and a painting of Sutter's Mill in 1867 by Charles Christian Nahl, the famous painter of California pioneer life. These two views were probably popular sales items in Watkins' studio. The 39" x 58" enlargements are of miscellaneous views in California. The 15 «" x 21" views are of three definite geographical areas : the Comstock Lode in Nevada; Nevada County in California; and two mining claims on the Feather River in California. All of these smaller views are of the Watkins New Series, (indicated in the listing as Watkins' no.) although some prints are not marked as such. None of the 39" x 58" enlargements are marked with Watkins' name but they can be shown to be his work by the character of the printed titles and by the fact that smaller photographs of the same views are definitely identified as Watkin's pictures. A complete list of the titles of the photographs in the Hearst Collection is presented below. In this list Watkins' own photograph number is shown (when appearing). All of the original photographs are albumen.... View collection guide.

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