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Castle Crags from near Castella, California.
  • William Henry Jackson, artist
    born: Keesville, New York, United States ; died: New York, New York, United States
    Detroit Photographic Company, publisher
    active 1897–1924
  • Castle Crags from near Castella, California., 1899
  • Where object was made: Castella, California, United States
  • photochrom
  • Object Height/Width: 17.39 x 22.69 cm
    Object Height/Width: 6 7/8 x 8 15/16 in
  • Gift of David J. and Rita Sloan Gottlieb
  • Not on display
  • 2012.0342

A tall tree with barren leaves occupies the left edge of the image. The right edge is defined by a partial view of an evergreen tree, with much of its form extending beyond the image’s border. The foreground is populated by trees of varying types and heights. They terminate at a white fence, which demarcates a broad expanse of deforested area. Behind the fence lie red roofed buildings, indicating settled land. Beyond are densely forested hills that extend deeper into the pictorial space towards a higher mountain range [identified as Castle Crags, from near Castella, California]. With the increase in elevation, the terrain becomes rockier and more sparsely populated by trees.