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Creator Name: Jackson, William Henry
Creator Nationality: American
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1843 - 1942
Biography: William Henry Jackson American, 1843-1942Although considered primarily a photographer of the American frontier, William Henry Jackson's long life and early start in photography allowed him to bridge several different eras during his nearly 80 years in the field. Jackson (born in Keesville, New York) worked as a photographic retoucher in 1858 and served as a staff artist in the 12th Vermont Infantry, Company K, for the Union army in 1862. After the war, he worked at several establishments in the Northeast before opening a studio, Jackson Brothers, with his brother Edward in Omaha in 1867. Two years later he photographed along the newly opened Union Pacific Railroad, making approximately 10,000 stereoviews. In 1870 Jackson began an eight-year assignment as official photographer to the U.S. Geological and Geographical Survey of Ferdinand V. Hayden, producing important views of the American West: Wyoming and Yellowstone, Colorado and the Rocky Mountains, and lost cities in Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Colorado. He went on to become a photographic publisher and entrepreneur in Denver, specializing in commissioned landscapes for the railroad. In 1893 Jackson was the official photographer for the World's Columbian Exposition. He painted as well, accepting a substantial mural commission in his 90s. Selected for a photography exhibition juried by Ansel Adams in 1939, Jackson also saw his work exhibited in 1942 at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. His legacy includes thousands of negatives and prints that contributed to the picturing of America in the 19th century. It was Jackson's photographs of Yellowstone, the Grand Tetons, and Mesa Verde that inspired the government to make these areas national parks. T.W.F.
Creator Birth Place: Keesville, NY
Creator Death Place: New York, NY
Creator Name-CRT: William Henry Jackson
Title: Mystic Lake, M.T.
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1865
Creation End Date: 1875
Creation Date: c.1870
Object Type: Photographs
Classification Term: Photograph
Materials and Techniques: albumen print from wet collodion negative
Dimensions: Image: 23.3cm x 50.7cm, Mounted: 40.6cm x 31.5cm
Inscriptions: Imprinted into image, in white; "MYSTIC LAKE. M.T.", written in pencil on recto of mount: "01200"
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 2002.47
Credit Line: John L. Severance Fund
Style or Period: America, 19th century
AMICA ID: CMA_.2002.47
AMICA Library Year: 2003
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