(#172888) General view of the great Yo-Semite Valley[,] Mariposa County, California. (The view is taken from Inspiration Point on the Mariposa Trail.). THOMAS A. AYRES.
General view of the great Yo-Semite Valley[,] Mariposa County, California. (The view is taken from Inspiration Point on the Mariposa Trail.) ...

General view of the great Yo-Semite Valley[,] Mariposa County, California. (The view is taken from Inspiration Point on the Mariposa Trail.). San Francisco: Published by Hutchings & Rosenfield, 1859. Image 34x54 cm on sheet measuring 59x67.5 cm. A large 13.5 x 21 1/4 inch lithograph made by the Nahl Brothers. In 1855 James Mason Hutchings asked Ayres to accompany him on his first trip to Yosemite Valley. The small party, Hutchings, Ayres, and two others, arrived in the valley in June 1855 and spent five days there. Ayres spent most of his time making sketches with carbon pencil or black crayon and the group left the valley with six drawings, the first pictorial representation of Yosemite. In October 1855, one of these drawings was published by Hutchings as a lithograph titled The Yo-Hamite Falls. It was the first published view of Yosemite Valley to reach the general public. In 1859 Hutchings and Rosenfield issued General View of the Great Yo-Semite Valley, Mariposa County, California, the second and last of the large separately published lithograph views of the valley based on Ayres' 1855 Yosemite drawings. Fine, untrimmed. (#172888).

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