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A black and white landscape photograph of a wide dark river surrounded by steep canyon walls.

A black and white landscape photograph with a sepia tone. A wide dark river is in the center, surrounded by steep canyon walls. The walls are reflected in the dark waters. The left side of the canyon is in full shadow while the sky above is a bright monotone light grey. The right side of the canyon is a scarred and rocky wall with some scrub vegetation near the river’s edge. There is no sign of human inhabitance.

Identification and Creation

Object Number
Timothy H. O'Sullivan, American (New York, New York 1840 - 1882 Staten Island, New York)
Black Canon, Colorado River, Looking Below from Big Horn Camp
Other Titles
Series/Book Title: Explorations in Nevada and Arizona. Wheeler Expedition of 1871, no. 4
Work Type
Creation Place: North America, United States
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Physical Descriptions

Albumen silver print
image: 20.1 x 27.3 cm (7 15/16 x 10 3/4 in.)
mount: 40.6 x 50.6 cm (16 x 19 15/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • stamp: recto, top center, pre-printed mount: WAR DEPARTMENT [over] CORPS OF ENGINEERS, U.S. ARMY.
  • inscription: recto, top center, graphite: Sci2600.290
  • 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 mount: T.H. O'Sullivan, Phot. No. 4 [over title]

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
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European and American Art

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