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A black and white photograph of a landscape portrays two high mountains covered in snow

A black and white photograph of a landscape portrays of two high mountains; both are covered in snow. The mountain found in the background is smaller than the one in front. Pine trees are spread along the two mountains. A third lower surface is found in front of the picture, it is covered in grass but no snow at all.

Identification and Creation

Object Number
Timothy H. O'Sullivan, American (New York, New York 1840 - 1882 Staten Island, New York)
Snow Peaks, Bull Run Mining District, Nevada.
Other Titles
Series/Book Title: Explorations in Nevada and Arizona. Wheeler Expedition of 1871, no. 1
Work Type
Creation Place: North America, United States, Nevada
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Physical Descriptions

Albumen silver print
image: 20.2 x 27.5 cm (7 15/16 x 10 13/16 in.)
mount: 40.6 x 50.6 cm (16 x 19 15/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: recto, top center, graphite: Sci2600.290
  • stamp: recto, top center, pre-printed mount: WAR DEPARTMENT [over] CORPS OF ENGINEERS. U.S. ARMY.
  • stamp: recto, top edge above image, pre-printed mount: Explorations in Nevada and Arizona. Expedition of 1871 - Lieut. Geo. M. Wheeler, Com'd'g.
  • stamp: recto, bottom edge below image, pre-printed mouny: T.H. O'Sullivan, Phot. No. 1 [over] SNOW PEAKS, BULL RUN MINING DISTRICT, NEVADA.

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Transfer from the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Transferred from the Museum of Comparative Zoology Library, Gift of the U.S. War Department, 1877
Accession Year
Object Number
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Publication History

  • Robin Kelsey, Viewing the Archive: Timothy O'Sullivan's Photographs for the Wheeler Survey, 1871-74, The Art Bulletin (December 2003), vol. 85, no. 4: 702-723, p. 704, fig. 2

Exhibition History

  • 32Q: 2100 19th Century, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 07/08/2015 - 11/10/2015

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