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Shoshone Falls, Snake River, Idaho, looking through the timber, and showing the main fall, and upper or "Lace Falls"

A work made of albumen print, stereo, no. 49 from the series "geographical explorations and surveys west of the 100th meridian".
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  • A work made of albumen print, stereo, no. 49 from the series "geographical explorations and surveys west of the 100th meridian".

Date:

1874

Artist:

Timothy O’Sullivan (American, born Ireland, 1840–1882)
commissioned by George Wheeler for the War Department, Corps of Engineers, U.S. Army

About this artwork

In 1871 Timothy O’Sullivan, who had gained acclaim photographing the Civil War, was recruited by George M. Wheeler of the U.S. War Department to join a government survey of lands west of the 100th meridian. Working alongside scientists and cartographers, O’Sullivan produced large-format prints for study and official use, as well as stereographic cards for a general audience. Stereographs were made by taking two photographs of the same scene with lenses about two and a half inches apart to match the distance between human eyes. Viewed through a stereoscope, the two images combine to give the illusion of deep space. Hugh Edwards acquired several O’Sullivan works, including the complete two-volume Wheeler survey and boxed stereo set from which this image comes, as well as the photographs he made for Gardner’s Photographic Sketch Book of the War, published by Alexander Gardner.

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Artist

Timothy O'Sullivan

Title

Shoshone Falls, Snake River, Idaho, looking through the timber, and showing the main fall, and upper or "Lace Falls"

Origin

United States

Date

Made 1874

Medium

Albumen print, stereo, No. 49 from the series "Geographical Explorations and Surveys West of the 100th Meridian"

Dimensions

9.2 × 7.5 cm (each image); 10 × 17.7 cm (card)

Credit Line

Photography Gallery Fund

Reference Number

1959.616.45

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