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Isaiah West Taber

1830–1912

Portrait of Painter Thomas Hill [1829-1908], Vintage platinum print, ca. 1900.
Portrait of Painter Thomas Hill [1829-1908], Vintage platinum print, ca. 1900.
ReturnPortrait of Painter Thomas Hill [1829-1908]

Inventory number: 2116.02

Title: Portrait of Painter Thomas Hill [1829-1908]

Date: ca. 1900

Medium: Vintage platinum print

Image size: 9 in (22.9 cm) high by 6⅝ in (16.8 cm) wide

Description: The photographer‘s credit and “BAS-RELIEF” embossed on the original tondo shaped overmat. Signed, dated “August 26th, 1900” and annotated “Wawona” in ink on the reverse of the mount.

Illustrated: Hill, Robert H. Catalogue of the Paintings and Sketches of the Late Thomas Hill, The Great American Artist. San Francisco: Robert R. Hill, [1910], cover and p. 3.

Price: $7,500

 

ReturnIsaiah West Taber

Considered the great chronicler of the late 19th century boom in California, Taber arrived in San Francisco in 1864 and worked for the photographic and publishing firm of Bradley & Rulofson until he opened his own studio in 1872. His entrepreneurial talents and gift for self-promotion soon made his “Photographic Art Gallery” the most successful photographic establishment in San Francisco. He advertised extensively, employed innovative photographic technology, some of it self-invented, established telephone connections to nearby hotels and situated his establishment just steps away from San Franciscos finest hotel, the Palace. After acquiring the negatives of the bankrupt photographer Carleton Watkins in 1876 Taber published them in addition to the photographs he and his operators made of California and the West.

Taber lost all his negatives and prints in the earthquake and fire of April 17, 1906.

 

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