Carleton Watkins - Photographs New York Wednesday, October 11, 2023 | Phillips
  • According to Weston Naef and Christine Hult-Lewis in their encyclopedic study of Watkins’s work, Carleton Watkins: The Complete Mammoth Photographs, the image offered here was chosen by Watkins for inclusion in his first published selection of photographs, Yo-Semite Valley: Photographic Views of the Falls and Valleys in Mariposa County, California, issued in 1863.

    • Provenance

      Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, 1989

    • Literature

      Fraenkel, Carleton E. Watkins: Photographs, pl. 50 (this print)
      Naef and Hult-Lewis, Carleton Watkins: The Complete Mammoth Photographs, Cat. No. 236

Photographs from a Prominent New York Collection


Tocoye, North Dome, 3729 Feet, Yosemite

Mammoth-plate albumen print.
20 1/2 x 16 in. (52.1 x 40.6 cm)
Signed in ink, and titled in an unidentified hand in pencil on the mount.

Full Cataloguing

$12,000 - 18,000 

Sold for $17,780

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New York Auction 11 October 2023