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        • Carleton Watkins photo, Safe Deposit Bldg.
          Feb. 22, 2024

          Carleton Watkins photo, Safe Deposit Bldg.

          Est: $500 - $800

          Heading: Author: Watkins, Carleton E. Title: Safe Deposit Building, California Street, San Francisco Place Published: Publisher: Date Published: c.1880s Description: Albumen print. 9x13 cm (3½x5¼"), oval image.Manuscript title and note on verso indicating image is from Watkins New Series.

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        • Yosemite mammoth plate by Watkins
          Feb. 22, 2024

          Yosemite mammoth plate by Watkins

          Est: $15,000 - $25,000

          Heading: Author: Watkins, Carleton E. Title: On the Road to Yosemite Falls, 2674 ft. Place Published: Publisher: Date Published: c.1878 Description: Mammoth plate albumen print. 53.7x38.7 cm (21¼x15¼"); mount: 55.9 x 45.7 cm (22x18").Titled in photographer's hand on mount recto. Artist's stamp on verso. Carleton Watkins: The Complete Mammoth Photographs, Naef, p. 90 (g. 200).

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        • Carleton Watkins Mammoth plate print
          Feb. 22, 2024

          Carleton Watkins Mammoth plate print

          Est: $3,000 - $5,000

          Heading: Author: Watkins, Carleton E. Title: Mt. Hood, from Sunset Hill, Oregon Place Published: Publisher:Isaiah West Taber Date Published: c.1865-66 Description: Mammoth plate albumen print. 40x52.4 cm (15¾x20¾"); mount: 50.2x50.8 cm (19¾x20").Carleton Watkins: The Complete Mammoth Photographs. Naef, p. 211 (g. 493).

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        • Mt. Hood from near Vancouver by Watkins
          Feb. 22, 2024

          Mt. Hood from near Vancouver by Watkins

          Est: $3,000 - $5,000

          Heading: Author: Watkins, Carleton E. Title: Mt. Hood from near Vancouver Place Published: Publisher: Date Published: 1867 Description: Albumen print trimmed from a mammoth plate. 20.7x30.8 cm (8¼x12¼"); mount: 32.1 x 45.4 cm (12¾x18").Artist's stamp mount recto. Carleton Watkins: The Complete Mammoth Photographs. Naef p. 195 ("g. 450); The Stanford Albums, p. 261 (cat. 120).

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        • Carleton Watkins view of El Capitan, Yosemite
          Feb. 22, 2024

          Carleton Watkins view of El Capitan, Yosemite

          Est: $400 - $600

          Heading: Author: Watkins, Carleton E. Title: El Capitan, Yosemite Valley from Ferry Bend (3,300 feet.) Place Published: Publisher: Date Published: c.1880 Description: Albumen print. Image: 19x12.3 cm (7½x4¾"); mount: 21.5x13.5 cm (8½x5¼").Titled in manuscript on mount recto. Derived from a significant 19th-century album acquired in the 1980's in Washington, D.C., which contained several Watkins mammoth plates, as well as additional photographs by Watkins, Muybridge, Russell, Savage, and Fiske.

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        • 2 albumen prints of 19th c. Downtown S.F.
          Feb. 22, 2024

          2 albumen prints of 19th c. Downtown S.F.

          Est: $400 - $600

          Heading: Author: Watkins, Carleton E. Title: Alley, Chinese Quarter, San Francisco [with] Montgomery Street and Palace Hotel Street Place Published: [San Francisco] Publisher: Date Published: c.1880 Description: 2 dome-topped albumen prints. About 12x20 cm (5x8"); mounted on opposite sides of single album leaf: 18x24.4 cm (7x9¾").Captioned in manuscript below each image. Derived from a Swiss noble family's travel album, bearing photographs of the United States from the 1870s and '80s.

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        • Carleton Watkins, Yosemite waterfalls c.1865
          Feb. 22, 2024

          Carleton Watkins, Yosemite waterfalls c.1865

          Est: $700 - $1,000

          Heading: Author: Watkins, Carleton E. Title: Vernal Fall and Nevada Fall from Glacier Pt., Yosemite Place Published: [California] Publisher:Carleton E. Watkins Date Published: Image c.1865; Print before 1876 Description: Albumen print. Image: 20.5x31 cm (8x12¼"); mount: 30x46.5 cm (12x18").From an album acquired at the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition.

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        • Carleton Watkins, Neveda Fall c.1865
          Feb. 22, 2024

          Carleton Watkins, Neveda Fall c.1865

          Est: $700 - $1,000

          Heading: Author: Watkins, Carleton E. Title: Landscape of Nevada Fall in Yosemite Place Published: Publisher: Date Published: Image c.1865; Print c.1876 Description: Albumen print. Image: 20.5x30.5 cm (8x12"); mount: 26x36 cm (10¼x14").View of Nevada Fall in Yosemite.

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        • CARLETON E. WATKINS (1829-1916) The Domes from Yosemite Valley.
          Feb. 15, 2024

          CARLETON E. WATKINS (1829-1916) The Domes from Yosemite Valley.

          Est: $10,000 - $15,000

          CARLETON E. WATKINS (1829-1916) The Domes from Yosemite Valley. Mammoth albumen print, the image measuring 15¾x20½ inches (40x52 cm.), the mount 22x28 inches (55.9x.1 cm.), with I.W. Taber's credit, slightly variant title, and number 58 in the negative. 1865-66; printed 1870s Provenance: From the Collection of Dr. James and Debra Pearl According to Weston Naef, this view was made looking east from the vicinity of the confluence of Indian Canyon Creek with the Merced River. Reproduced: Weston Naef and Christine Hult-Lewis, Carleton Watkins: The Complete Mammoth Photographs (Getty), cat. no. 213, p. 95

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        • CARLETON E. WATKINS (1829-1916) Mirror Lake and Mount Watkins, Yosemite.
          Feb. 15, 2024

          CARLETON E. WATKINS (1829-1916) Mirror Lake and Mount Watkins, Yosemite.

          Est: $7,000 - $10,000

          CARLETON E. WATKINS (1829-1916) Mirror Lake and Mount Watkins, Yosemite. Mammoth albumen print, the image measuring 15⅜x20⅜ inches (39x51.7 cm.), with I.W. Taber's credit, title, and number 72 in the negative. 1861; printed 1870s This view was made looking north toward Mount Watkins on the shore of Mirror Lake. It was one of 30 views Watkins selected in April of 1863 for the first publicly available set of mammoth prints (from his 1861 negatives). Provenance: From the Collection of Dr. James and Debra Pearl Reproduced: Weston Naef and Christine Hult-Lewis, Carleton Watkins: The Complete Mammoth Photographs (Getty), cat. no. 232, p. 103

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        • CARLETON EUGENE WATKINS - PALACE HOTEL, SAN FRANCISCO
          Jan. 30, 2024

          CARLETON EUGENE WATKINS - PALACE HOTEL, SAN FRANCISCO

          Est: $500 - $800

          Lot 122 Carleton Eugene Watkins American (1829-1916) Palace Hotel, San Francisco (1870-80) albumen print sight: 11 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches frame dimensions: 20 1/2 x 16 1/2 x 3/4 inches, aluminum frame with glazing Provenance: Property from the Estate of Rosa and Aaron Esman Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, CA label affixed to verso

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        • CARLETON EUGENE WATKINS - PALACE HOTEL, SAN FRANCISCO
          Dec. 07, 2023

          CARLETON EUGENE WATKINS - PALACE HOTEL, SAN FRANCISCO

          Est: $1,000 - $2,000

          Lot 60 Carleton Eugene Watkins American (1829-1916) Palace Hotel, San Francisco (1870-80) albumen print sight: 11 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches frame dimensions: 20 1/2 x 16 1/2 x 3/4 inches, aluminum frame with glazing Provenance: Property from the Estate of Rosa and Aaron Esman Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, CA label affixed to verso

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        • Carleton E. Watkins and Isaiah Taber, 87. The Vernal Falls, 343 feet, Yosemite, Cal.
          Dec. 01, 2023

          Carleton E. Watkins and Isaiah Taber, 87. The Vernal Falls, 343 feet, Yosemite, Cal.

          Est: $2,000 - $3,000

          Carleton E. Watkins and Isaiah Taber 87. The Vernal Falls, 343 feet, Yosemite, Cal. 1861 / printed c. 1880 mammoth plate albumen print sight: 15.5 h x 20.25 w in (39 x 51 cm) Printed credit and title in negative '87. The Vernal Falls, 343 Feet, Yosemite, Cal. Taber Photo, San Francisco'. Provenance: Private Collection, Los Angeles This work will ship from Los Angeles, California.

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        • Carleton E. Watkins and Isaiah Taber, Group of three Yosemite Valley photographs
          Dec. 01, 2023

          Carleton E. Watkins and Isaiah Taber, Group of three Yosemite Valley photographs

          Est: $1,200 - $1,800

          Carleton E. Watkins and Isaiah Taber Group of three Yosemite Valley photographs 1861, 1865-66, c. 1870 / printed later albumen print 12.125 h x 14 w in (31 x 36 cm) 10.75 h x 13.75 w in (27 x 35 cm) 8.375 h x 11.5 w in (21 x 29 cm) Printed title and credit in the negative to two works 'A 22. Down the Yosemite Valley. Taber Photo, San Francisco' and 'B. 41 3. The Yosemite Valley from Inspiration Point, Mariposa Road,. Taber Photo., San Francisco'. Printed to label on mount of one work 'No. 1. River View Down the Valley'. This work will ship from Los Angeles, California.

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        • Carleton E. Watkins (1829-1916)
          Nov. 30, 2023

          Carleton E. Watkins (1829-1916)

          Est: £2,000 - £2,500

          Carleton E. Watkins (1829-1916) Carleton E. Watkins (1829-1916) WASHINGTON COLUMN 2082 ft. YOSEMITE, 1878, Mammoth plate albumen print from a wet collodion glass negative, printed in 1881, image size 524 x 398mm Naef and Hult-Lewis, Carleton Watkins: The Complete Mammoth Photographs, The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2011, cat. No. 230, p.102

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        • Carleton E. Watkins (1829-1916)
          Nov. 30, 2023

          Carleton E. Watkins (1829-1916)

          Est: £1,500 - £2,000

          Carleton E. Watkins (1829-1916) Carleton E. Watkins (1829-1916) VIEW FROM CAMP GROVE, YOSEMITE 1861, Mammoth plate albumen print from a wet collodion glass negative, printed in 1870, looking northeast along the Merced River, image size 525 x 400mm Naef and Hult-Lewis, Carleton Watkins: The Complete Mammoth Photographs, The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2011, cat. No. 168, p.77

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        • Carleton E. Watkins (1829-1916)
          Nov. 30, 2023

          Carleton E. Watkins (1829-1916)

          Est: £1,500 - £2,000

          Carleton E. Watkins (1829-1916) Carleton E. Watkins (1829-1916) DOWN THE VALLEY, YOSEMITE, CATHEDRAL ROCKS, EL CAPITAN, YOSEMITE, 1865/66. Mammoth plate albumen print from a wet collodion glass negative, printed c.1870, image size 523 x 400mm. Naef and Hult-Lewis, Carleton Watkins: The Complete Mammoth Photographs, The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2011, cat. No. 150, p.71

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        • Carleton Watkins (American, 1829-1916) 'The Three Brothers, Yosemite' Albumen Print
          Jul. 23, 2023

          Carleton Watkins (American, 1829-1916) 'The Three Brothers, Yosemite' Albumen Print

          Est: $500 - $700

          Carleton Watkins (American, 1829-1916) 'The Three Brothers, Yosemite' Albumen Print Undated, pencil signed lower right, marked 'No. 28' lower left in margin, matted behind glass in a walnut frame; together with (16) photographs of various techniques and formats including c.1930 pencil signed on mats lower right, Lloyd Yost (American, 1908-1992) 'Monday in Souse Le Cap' and 'After School in Souse Le Cap', both having Chicago Camera Club labels verso, (4) ethnographic topics including American Indians marked in negative '1911 Walter J. Lubken', Egyptian and Chinese, (3) framed portraits, (3) unframed portraits including a marked verso 'Burke & Koretke Chicago' and a marked in negative '1906 Geo. B. Petty', a group shot of young boys in top hats and tails, a mountain landscape and an interior of a hall signed 'M. Graham '99' lower right Property from: a Private Collector, Barrington Hills, Illinois Category: Fine Art > Photographs Estimated Sale Time: 12:38 pm CST ** This lot is being sold for the United States Bankruptcy Court. The lot is Sold As-Is, Where-Is, with no warranties or guarantees. Leonard Auction is required to provide the buyer�s first and last name to the United States Bankruptcy Court. ** Shipping Status: Leonard Auction, Inc. will provide direct shipping for this lot. Please visit our website for a shipping estimate. Download High Resolution Photographs: Photograph #1 Photograph #2 Photograph #3 Photograph #4 Photograph #5 Photograph #6 Photograph #7 Photograph #8 Photograph #9 Photograph #10 Last modified: July 20, 2023, 10:53 am

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        • CARLETON E. WATKINS (NY/CA, 1829-1916)
          Jul. 09, 2023

          CARLETON E. WATKINS (NY/CA, 1829-1916)

          Est: $3,000 - $5,000

          "El Capitan, Yosemite, California - 1866", mammoth plate albumen print, printed in 1875 by Isaiah West Taber, professionally mounted in a wooden frame with mat, glazed, OS: 27 1/2" x 22 1/2", SS: 20" x 15 1/2". Good condition. Exhibited in 2016 at the Farnsworth Art Museum (Rockland, ME) in the "Maine Collects" show.

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        • Carleton Watkins (American, 1829-1916) 'The Three Brothers, Yosemite' Albumen Print
          Jun. 25, 2023

          Carleton Watkins (American, 1829-1916) 'The Three Brothers, Yosemite' Albumen Print

          Est: $700 - $900

          Carleton Watkins (American, 1829-1916) 'The Three Brothers, Yosemite' Albumen Print Undated, pencil signed lower right, marked 'No. 28' lower left in margin, matted behind glass in a walnut frame Property from: a Private Collector, Barrington Hills, Illinois Category: Fine Art > Photographs Estimated Sale Time: 1:37 pm CST Shipping Status: Leonard Auction, Inc. will provide direct shipping for this lot. Please visit our website for a shipping estimate. Download High Resolution Photographs: Photograph #1 Photograph #2 Photograph #3 Last modified: May 30, 2023, 2:43 pm

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        • [WESTERN AMERICANA - ARIZONA]. WATKINS, Carleton (1829-1916), photographer. Street in Tucson, Arizona. San Francisco, CA: [1880].
          Jun. 16, 2023

          [WESTERN AMERICANA - ARIZONA]. WATKINS, Carleton (1829-1916), photographer. Street in Tucson, Arizona. San Francisco, CA: [1880].

          Est: $1,200 - $1,600

          [WESTERN AMERICANA - ARIZONA]. WATKINS, Carleton (1829-1916), photographer. Street in Tucson, Arizona. San Francisco, CA: [1880]. 6 1/4 x 3 1/8 in. stereoview on cardstock mount (few spots to image, rich tonality; light corner and edge wear to mount). Recto with photographer's imprint, series title, "Watkins' New Series of Pacific Coast Views," and image title in lower margin. A rare stereoview capturing activity on a street in Tucson, which was Arizona's largest city, commercial center, railroad hub, and seat of state government from the post-Civil War period until the late 1880s. This lot is located in Cincinnati.

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        • Watkins, Carleton E.: Galen Clark in front of the Grizzly Giant; Fallen tree
          Jun. 14, 2023

          Watkins, Carleton E.: Galen Clark in front of the Grizzly Giant; Fallen tree

          Est: €400 - €600

          Galen Clark in front of the "Grizzly Giant"; Fallen tree in Mariposa Grove, "Father of the Forest". 1861. 2 albumen prints. 30,5 x 20,5 cm and 33,3 x 24 cm. Each mounted to board/card, annotated in ink/pencil on mount and mount verso. -- -- One photograph shows Galen Clark in front of the "Grizzly Giant", one of the discoverers of the Mariposa Grove in 1857 and the first ranger of Yosemite Park. – Some light surface scuff marks, second print with cut corners, otherwise in very good condition with strong contrasts. -- - Sollten Sie detailliertere Zustandsberichte wünschen, kontaktieren Sie uns bitte. / Should you need more detailed condition reports, please contact us.

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        • CARLETON WATKINS (1829-1916) Minerva Terraces, Mammoth Hot Springs, National Park.
          Apr. 27, 2023

          CARLETON WATKINS (1829-1916) Minerva Terraces, Mammoth Hot Springs, National Park.

          Est: $6,000 - $9,000

          CARLETON WATKINS (1829-1916) Minerva Terraces, Mammoth Hot Springs, National Park. Mammoth albumen print, the image measuring 15 5/8x21 1/4 inches (39.7x54 cm.), the mount 21 3/4x28 inches (55.2x71.1 cm.), with Watkins' printed New Series label with his credit, address, the title, and the plate number on mount recto. 1878 Provenance: Margolis & Moss, Santa Fe, New Mexico Reproduced: Naef and Hult-Lewis, Carleton Watkins: The Complete Mammoth Plates (The J. Paul Getty Museum), cat. no. 903, p. 381

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        • Carleton E. Watkins' First View of the Yosemite
          Jan. 26, 2023

          Carleton E. Watkins' First View of the Yosemite

          Est: $2,000 - $3,000

          Heading: Author: Watkins, Carleton E. Title: First View of the Yosemite Valley from Mariposa Trail Place Published: San Francisco Publisher: Date Published: c. 1860's-1880's Description: Mammoth plate albumen print on cardstock mount. 20.4x31 cm (8x12¼"); mount: 36.8x54.2 cm (14½x21¼"). Pencil-signed and titled by C.E. Watkins on mount verso. Lewis-Hult and Naef, Carleton Watkins: The Complete Mammoth Photographs, No. 115, p. 58. Provenance: from the estate of Mary Curry Tresidder, the daughter of "Mother” Jennie Curry and David Curry, founders of Camp Curry in Yosemite Valley. Mary Curry Tresidder was the author of Trees of Yosemite.

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        • Watkins Albumen Print of Devil's Gate, Weber Canyon, Utah
          Nov. 19, 2022

          Watkins Albumen Print of Devil's Gate, Weber Canyon, Utah

          Est: $2,500 - $3,500

          WATKNS, Carleton (American, 1829-1916). 709. The Devil’s Gate, Weber Canyon, Utah. Albumen print, mounted on wove paper. From: Photographs of the Pacific Coast. Printed, Taber Photo, San Francisco, ca. 1863-1876. 26" x 20 1/8” sheet, 20" x 15” image.

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        • Watkins Albumen Print of Mount Shasta, California
          Nov. 19, 2022

          Watkins Albumen Print of Mount Shasta, California

          Est: $3,000 - $4,000

          WATKNS, Carleton (American, 1829-1916). 1005. Mt. Shasta..Shasta, Co., Cal. Albumen print, mounted on wove paper. From: Photographs of the Pacific Coast. Printed, Taber Photo, San Francisco, ca. 1863-1876. 26" x 20 1/8” sheet, 20" x 15” image.

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        • [WESTERN AMERICANA]. [WATKINS, Carleton (1829-1916), photographer]. Nevada Fall. Mammoth plate photograph. San Francisco, CA: I.W. Taber, printed ca 1880s. 
          Nov. 03, 2022

          [WESTERN AMERICANA]. [WATKINS, Carleton (1829-1916), photographer]. Nevada Fall. Mammoth plate photograph. San Francisco, CA: I.W. Taber, printed ca 1880s. 

          Est: $600 - $800

          [WESTERN AMERICANA]. [WATKINS, Carleton (1829-1916), photographer]. Nevada Fall. Mammoth plate photograph. San Francisco, CA: I.W. Taber, printed ca 1880s.  16 x 20 1/2 in. albumen photograph on 21 3/4 x 28 in. cardstock mount (light, even toning to print; edge and corner wear to mount, incl. some chipping, short tears, small areas of loss). Negative with title and credit to Taber in lower margin. From the original negative produced by Carleton Watkins.  Property of a New York Lady

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        • [WESTERN AMERICANA]. [WATKINS, Carleton (1829-1916), photographer]. "Grizzly Giant," 33 feet diameter, Mariposa Grove. Mammoth plate photograph. San Francisco, CA: I.W. Taber, printed ca 1880s. 
          Nov. 03, 2022

          [WESTERN AMERICANA]. [WATKINS, Carleton (1829-1916), photographer]. "Grizzly Giant," 33 feet diameter, Mariposa Grove. Mammoth plate photograph. San Francisco, CA: I.W. Taber, printed ca 1880s. 

          Est: $600 - $800

          [WESTERN AMERICANA]. [WATKINS, Carleton (1829-1916), photographer]. "Grizzly Giant," 33 feet diameter, Mariposa Grove. Mammoth plate photograph. San Francisco, CA: I.W. Taber, printed ca 1880s.  16 x 19 1/4 in. albumen photograph on 20 1/4 x 27 3/4 in. cardstock mount (light toning to print, rich tonality overall, few chips to edges; corner and edge wear to mount). Negative with title and credit to Taber in lower margin. From the original negative produced by Carleton Watkins.  Property of a New York Lady

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        • [WESTERN AMERICANA]. [WATKINS, Carleton (1829-1916), photographer]. Bridal Veil Falls, 900 feet. Mammoth plate photograph. San Francisco, CA: I.W. Taber, printed ca 1880s. 
          Nov. 03, 2022

          [WESTERN AMERICANA]. [WATKINS, Carleton (1829-1916), photographer]. Bridal Veil Falls, 900 feet. Mammoth plate photograph. San Francisco, CA: I.W. Taber, printed ca 1880s. 

          Est: $1,000 - $1,500

          [WESTERN AMERICANA]. [WATKINS, Carleton (1829-1916), photographer]. Bridal Veil Falls, 900 feet. Mammoth plate photograph. San Francisco, CA: I.W. Taber, printed ca 1880s.  15 3/4 x 19 1/2 in. albumen photograph on 22 x 28 in. cardstock mount (light toning to print, rich tonality overall; corner and edge wear to mount). Negative with title and credit to Taber in lower margin. From the original negative produced by Carleton Watkins.  Property of a New York Lady

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        • Carleton E. Watkins in San Francisco
          Oct. 06, 2022

          Carleton E. Watkins in San Francisco

          Est: $300 - $500

          Heading: Author: Watkins, Carleton E. Title: Market Street Looking West, San Francisco [with] Palace Hotel, San Francisco Place Published: San Francisco Publisher: Date Published: c. 1880's Description: 2 albumen prints mounted back-to-back on board, captions printed on board. 11.8x19.8 cm (4¾x7½"); board: 16.7x24.7 cm (6½x9¾"). Two iconic views of San Francisco by Carleton E. Watkins.

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        • Carleton E. Watkins in SF and Millbrae
          Oct. 06, 2022

          Carleton E. Watkins in SF and Millbrae

          Est: $300 - $500

          Heading: Author: Watkins, Carleton E. Title: The Golden Gate from Telegraph Hill, San Francisco [with] Residence of D.O. Mills, Milbrae, California Place Published: San Francisco Publisher: Date Published: c. 1880's Description: 2 albumen prints mounted back-to-back on board, captions printed on board. 11.9x20.4 cm (4¾x8"); board: 18x26.5 cm (7x10½"). Darius Ogden Mills (1825-1910) came to California in 1848 and established a fortune through banking and railroad investing. At one point he was the wealthiest man in California.

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        • Carleton E. Watkins at the Cliff House
          Oct. 06, 2022

          Carleton E. Watkins at the Cliff House

          Est: $300 - $500

          Heading: Author: Watkins, Carleton E. Title: Cliff House from Ocean Beach, San Francisco Place Published: San Francisco Publisher: Date Published: c. 1880's Description: Albumen print mounted on cardstock leaf. 9.2x15.6 cm (3½x6¼"); mount: 13x19.5 cm (5x7¾"). This small-format albumen silver print from Watkins' New Series was likely made in the 1880's. This print is mounted to a leaf, derived from a Grand Tour album compiled by a Swiss noble family.

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        • WATKINS, CARLETON E. (1829-1916) The Lake Bank [The Lake at the Foot of Half Dome-Minor Lake] 1861.
          Jun. 21, 2022

          WATKINS, CARLETON E. (1829-1916) The Lake Bank [The Lake at the Foot of Half Dome-Minor Lake] 1861.

          Est: $1,000 - $1,500

          WATKINS, CARLETON E. (1829-1916) The Lake Bank [The Lake at the Foot of Half Dome-Minor Lake] 1861. Albumen print on early card mount, titled "The Lake Bank" in elegant penmanship below the image (the correct title given in parenthesis above), 8 1/8 x 12 1/4 inches (205 x 317 mm). Some toning to mount, the image with generally good tones, though Yosemite a little faint in the background, the image generally in excellent condition. Framed. C 

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        • [WESTERN AMERICANA]. WATKINS, Carleton (1829-1916). Mt. Broderick and Nevada Fall. 700 ft. Yosemite. 1861. 
          Jun. 21, 2022

          [WESTERN AMERICANA]. WATKINS, Carleton (1829-1916). Mt. Broderick and Nevada Fall. 700 ft. Yosemite. 1861. 

          Est: $600 - $800

          [WESTERN AMERICANA]. WATKINS, Carleton (1829-1916). Mt. Broderick and Nevada Fall. 700 ft. Yosemite. 1861.  20 1/2 x 16 in. albumen photograph on 26 3/4 x 21 in. cardstock mount (toning to print; some soiling and corner/edge wear to mount). Signed "C.E. Watkins" at lower right, with penciled title in lower margin. 

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        • [WESTERN AMERICANA] -- [ARIZONA]. WATKINS, Carleton (1829-1916), photographer. Street in Tucson, Arizona. San Francisco, CA: [1880]. 
          Jun. 21, 2022

          [WESTERN AMERICANA] -- [ARIZONA]. WATKINS, Carleton (1829-1916), photographer. Street in Tucson, Arizona. San Francisco, CA: [1880]. 

          Est: $2,000 - $2,500

          [WESTERN AMERICANA] -- [ARIZONA]. WATKINS, Carleton (1829-1916), photographer. Street in Tucson, Arizona. San Francisco, CA: [1880].  6 1/4 x 3 1/8 in. stereoview on cardstock mount (few spots to image, rich tonality; light corner and edge wear to mount). Recto with photographer's imprint, series title, "Watkins' New Series of Pacific Coast Views," and image title in lower margin.  A rare stereoview capturing activity on a street in Tucson, which was Arizona's largest city, commercial center, railroad hub, and seat of state government from the post-Civil War period until the late 1880s.  

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        • [WESTERN AMERICANA] -- [ARIZONA]. WATKINS, Carleton (1829-1916), photographer. City of Yuma, from the Fort, Arizona. San Francisco, CA: [1880]. 
          Jun. 21, 2022

          [WESTERN AMERICANA] -- [ARIZONA]. WATKINS, Carleton (1829-1916), photographer. City of Yuma, from the Fort, Arizona. San Francisco, CA: [1880]. 

          Est: $300 - $400

          [WESTERN AMERICANA] -- [ARIZONA]. WATKINS, Carleton (1829-1916), photographer. City of Yuma, from the Fort, Arizona. San Francisco, CA: [1880].  6 1/4 x 3 1/8 in. stereoview on cardstock mount (toning to image, some soiling, residue in upper margin of left print; edge and corner wear to mount, including loss to left edge and top left corner of mount, staining to verso). Recto with photographer's imprint, series title, "Watkins' New Series of Pacific Coast Views," and image title in lower margin. Watkins produced over 30 stereoviews of Yuma, including overviews of the town, views of the fort, and the new railroad bridge. He also took a number of images of the local native population as well as the various cacti species which grew in Southern Arizona. Jeremy Rowe has meticulously documented Watkins' stereographs of Arizona and compiled a list of all known negatives (see Vintagephoto.com).

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        • CARLETON E. WATKINS (1829–1916) A Perfect Tree (Sequoia gigantea), Mariposa
          May. 25, 2022

          CARLETON E. WATKINS (1829–1916) A Perfect Tree (Sequoia gigantea), Mariposa

          Est: $8,000 - $12,000

          CARLETON E. WATKINS (1829–1916) A Perfect Tree (Sequoia gigantea), Mariposa Grove, Yosemite, c. 1865-1866... each titled and signed in pencil (mount, recto) each image: 20 1/2 x 15 1/2 in. (52 x 39.3 cm.) each mount: 33 1/4 x 24 5/8 in. (84.4 x 62.5 cm.) (2)

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        • CARLETON E. WATKINS (1829–1916) El Capitan, Yosemite, 1865-1866 signed and
          May. 25, 2022

          CARLETON E. WATKINS (1829–1916) El Capitan, Yosemite, 1865-1866 signed and

          Est: $20,000 - $30,000

          CARLETON E. WATKINS (1829–1916) El Capitan, Yosemite, 1865-1866 signed and titled in pencil (mount, recto) image/sheet: 20 5/8 x 15 1/2 in. (52.3 x 39.5 cm.) mount: 33 1/2 x 24 1/4 in. (85 x 61.5 cm.)

          Christie's
        • CARLETON E. WATKINS (1829–1916) Mount Watkins, Fully Reflected in Mirror La
          May. 25, 2022

          CARLETON E. WATKINS (1829–1916) Mount Watkins, Fully Reflected in Mirror La

          Est: $30,000 - $50,000

          CARLETON E. WATKINS (1829–1916) Mount Watkins, Fully Reflected in Mirror Lake, Yosemite, 1865-1866 annotated in pencil (mount, recto) image/sheet: 20 5/8 x 15 5/8 in. (52.3 x 39.6 cm.) mount: 33 1/2 x 24 in. (85 x 60.9 cm.)

          Christie's
        • CARLETON E. WATKINS (1829–1916) Yosemite Falls, 1865-1866 signed, titled an
          May. 25, 2022

          CARLETON E. WATKINS (1829–1916) Yosemite Falls, 1865-1866 signed, titled an

          Est: $30,000 - $50,000

          CARLETON E. WATKINS (1829–1916) Yosemite Falls, 1865-1866 signed, titled and numbered 'no. 52' in pencil (margin) image/sheet: 20 7/8 x 16 1/4 in. (53 x 41.2 cm.) mount: 33 1/4 x 25 in.(85 x 63.5 cm.)

          Christie's
        • CARLETON E. WATKINS (1829–1916) Bridalveil Fall in Springtime, Yosemite, 18
          May. 25, 2022

          CARLETON E. WATKINS (1829–1916) Bridalveil Fall in Springtime, Yosemite, 18

          Est: $20,000 - $30,000

          CARLETON E. WATKINS (1829–1916) Bridalveil Fall in Springtime, Yosemite, 1865-1866 signed and titled in pencil (mount, recto) image/sheet: 15 1/2 x 20 1/2 in. (39.3 x 52 cm.) mount: 25 x 33 1/2 in. (63.5 x 85 cm.)

          Christie's
        • CARLETON WATKINS (1829-1916) The Pavilion on the Stump, Calaveras Grove.
          Feb. 10, 2022

          CARLETON WATKINS (1829-1916) The Pavilion on the Stump, Calaveras Grove.

          Est: $8,000 - $12,000

          CARLETON WATKINS (1829-1916) The Pavilion on the Stump, Calaveras Grove. Albumen print, the image measuring 16 3/8x21 5/8 inches (41.6x55 cm.), the mount 19x24 inches (48.3x61 cm.), with Watkins' credit, title, and notation "New Series," in ink, in an unknown contemporary hand, on mount recto. 1878-81

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        • ANTIQUE WOMEN AND KIDS CALOTYPE PHOTO PORTRAITS
          Jan. 15, 2022

          ANTIQUE WOMEN AND KIDS CALOTYPE PHOTO PORTRAITS

          Est: $100 - $150

          A set of antique XIX Century American calotype printed photo portraits of women and children from the 1860s to 1870s approximate. One picture by Carleton E Watkins, born in 1829 to 1916, a very famous American photographer. Some stamped and signed. Calotype or talbotype is an early photographic process introduced in 1841 by William Henry Fox Talbot, using paper coated with silver iodide. Paper texture effects in calotype photography limit the ability of this early process to record low contrast details and textures. The term calotype comes from the Ancient Greek beautiful, and impression. Works from this and similar studios are part of the collection of the MET Museum in New York. Highly collectible items. Cabinet of Oddities and Rarities.

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        • WATKINS, Carleton (1829-1916), photographer. The Three Brothers, Yosemite. [Ca 1861-1863].  
          Nov. 15, 2021

          WATKINS, Carleton (1829-1916), photographer. The Three Brothers, Yosemite. [Ca 1861-1863].  

          Est: $800 - $1,200

          WATKINS, Carleton (1829-1916), photographer. The Three Brothers, Yosemite. [Ca 1861-1863].   20 5/8 x 16 in. albumen photograph with rounded top on cardstock mount with fully separated mat (image with streaks of discoloration from earlier wooden backing; mount with heavy fading, spotting, and 2 1/2 in. horizontal rip to right edge though not affecting actual photograph; mat with heavy fading and spotting). Signed in ink just below image, "C. E. Watkins," inscribed in pencil to lower right corner, "Pompompasos - The Three Brothers - 4480 ft Yosemite." Featured as print 168 (CEW 27) in Carleton Watkins: The Complete Mammoth Plates by Weston Naef & Christine Hult-Lewis. They note, "This view was made looking northeast along the Merced River... It was one of the set of thirty 1861 prints issued in 1863."

          Hindman
        • WATKINS, Carleton (1829-1916), photographer. Yo-semite Valley: Photographic Views of the Falls and Valley of Yo-semite in Mariposa County, California. San Francisco: N.p., 1863.  
          Nov. 15, 2021

          WATKINS, Carleton (1829-1916), photographer. Yo-semite Valley: Photographic Views of the Falls and Valley of Yo-semite in Mariposa County, California. San Francisco: N.p., 1863.  

          Est: $30,000 - $50,000

          WATKINS, Carleton (1829-1916), photographer. Yo-semite Valley: Photographic Views of the Falls and Valley of Yo-semite in Mariposa County, California. San Francisco: N.p., 1863.   Large 4to. Albumen photographic title page, albumen photographic map, and 61 albumen photographs of Yosemite, each measuring approximately 7 5/8 x 11 5/8 in. (193 x 296 mm), 63 photographs in total. (Exceptional tonality and contrast, each leaf neatly disbound.) Brown morocco gilt, spine in 6 compartments with 5 raised bands, gilt-lettered in 1, the rest tooled and gilt-decorated, gilt turn-ins, edges gilt by Bartling & Kimball, San Francisco (very minor rubbing at joint); black cloth folding case with dark green morocco spine label gilt. Provenance: Westerville, (Ohio) Public Library, on deposit at The Ohio Historical Society (letter of provenance). Born in Oneonta, NY, Carleton Emmons Watkins moved to California in 1851 apprenticing in the photography studio of Robert H. Vance. First visiting in 1861, Watkins's photographs of Yosemite gained international acclaim. These 61 photographs, taken by Watkins around 1863, capture the majesty of Yosemite showcasing waterfalls, meadows, rushing rivers, and natural rock formations. In 1866, Appleton & Co. issued a pirated edition of his material and prompted him to copyright his work. He operated the Yosemite Gallery throughout San Francisco until the mid-1870s when interest waned and he was forced to sell his gallery and the first series of Yosemite negatives in 1875. He continued his photographic career in the American west before he lost much of his work in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. SCARCE: Only two near-complete copies have ever sold at auction, each with only 53 plates total (Swann, 1984; Sotheby's, 1978). OCLC traces only 3 copies with varied number of plates: The Huntington (62), Syracuse, Bird Special Collections (65, disbound), and Yale University, Beinecke Library (53).   THE MOST COMPLETE COLLECTION OF WATKINS YO-SEMITE VALLEY IMAGES EVER OFFERED AT AUCTION.   Westerville History Center and Museum

          Hindman
        • CARLETON E. WATKINS (1829-1916) The Bridal Veil and Cathedral Rocks from the Coulterville Trail.
          Oct. 21, 2021

          CARLETON E. WATKINS (1829-1916) The Bridal Veil and Cathedral Rocks from the Coulterville Trail.

          Est: $4,000 - $6,000

          CARLETON E. WATKINS (1829-1916) The Bridal Veil and Cathedral Rocks from the Coulterville Trail. Albumen print, the image measuring 7 5/8x11 5/8 inches (19.4x29.5 cm.), the two-toned mount 15 3/4x19 1/2 inches (40x49.5 cm.), with the title printed on mount recto. 1865-66; printed early 1870s

          Swann Auction Galleries
        • CARLETON E. WATKINS (1829-1916) A set of 14 photographs of Big River mills and sweeping scenes of Mendocino, California.
          Oct. 21, 2021

          CARLETON E. WATKINS (1829-1916) A set of 14 photographs of Big River mills and sweeping scenes of Mendocino, California.

          Est: $30,000 - $45,000

          CARLETON E. WATKINS (1829-1916) A set of 14 photographs of Big River mills and sweeping scenes of Mendocino, California. Arch-topped mammoth-plate albumen prints, the images each measuring approximately 15 1/2x20 1/2 inches (39.4x52.1 cm.), the mounts 18x23 inches (45.7x58.4 cm.), and slightly smaller, each with Watkins' signature, in ink, on mount recto, and a number, in pencil, in an unknown hand, and provenance documentation, including Judge William Vaughn's credit, in pencil, and Emery Escola's hand stamp, on mount verso. 1863

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        • Carleton E. Watkins (1829-1916)
          Sep. 07, 2021

          Carleton E. Watkins (1829-1916)

          Est: £800 - £1,200

          Carleton E. Watkins (1829-1916) Carleton E. Watkins (1829-1916) VIEW OF THE YOSEMITE VALLEY, c.1860s. Albumen print, image size, 308 x 202mm, on original album leaf (418 x 318mm)

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