[Yosemite High Sierra] Mount Conness, Sierra Nevada. Albumen print. CARLETON E. WATKINS.

[Yosemite High Sierra] Mount Conness, Sierra Nevada. Albumen print. 17.3 x 22 cm (6 7/8 x 8 3/4 inches), on original mount with "Mt. Conness / G. Davidson" in pencil on verso. Photograph by Carleton E. Watkins (1829-1916) of Mount Conness, a 12,590 foot mountain on the northeastern boundary of Yosemite National Park adjacent to the Inyo National Forest. The photograph was taken in September 1890 during the third and longest occupation of the peak by the western division of the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey directed by George Davidson, Watkins' friend and patron. Watkins was the official photographer of the expedition. See Farquhar, History of the Sierra Nevada, pp. 195-196. See George Davidson, "The Occupation of Mount Conness," Overland Monthly, February 1892, volume 19, issue 110, pp. 115-129. This photograph, captioned "Mount Conness, with ridge of approach E. S. E. Snow bank 100 feet deep. Camp upper right hand; Observatory on summit. Afternoon light," is used in Davidson's article. There is a copy of this photograph in the J. Paul Getty Museum with slightly larger trim size (7 x 10 inches) which shows the negative number, 89, at the lower left. Fine. (#157196).

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