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Carleton E. Watkins 
Multnomah Falls, Oregon 
1867 (taken, printed later) 
Albumen silver print, from glass negative 
52.1 x 38.7 cm (20 1/2 x 15 1/4 in.) (image) 
Metropolitan Museum of Art 
Gilman Collection, Gift of The Howard Gilman Foundation, 2005, Accession Number: 2005.100.174 
Watkins's uncommon technical virtuosity and artistic talent won praise at home and an award at the 1867 Exposition Universelle in Paris. That year, he opened the storefront Yosemite Art Gallery to sell his prints in San Francisco, and he also made new pictures, the most glorious of his career, in Oregon and along the Columbia River. He made two views at Multnomah Falls: one describes the falls as a sheer straight plunge of uninterrupted verticality; this one uses the distance between upper and lower falls to play hide-and seek with the towering trees, cascading water, and hidden pool. 

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