Ancient Ruins In The Cañon De Chelle, N.m. In A Niche 50 Feet Above Present Cañon Bed.
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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Timothy H. O'Sullivan, American (New York, New York 1840 - 1882 Staten Island, New York)
Ancient Ruins in the Cañon de Chelle, N.M. In a niche 50 feet above present cañon bed.
Other Titles
Series/Book Title: Geo. M. Wheeler Geographical Survey West of the 100th Meridian, 1873, no. 10
Work Type
Creation Place: North America, United States, New Mexico
Level 2, Room 2100, European and American Art, 17th–19th century
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Physical Descriptions
Albumen silver print
image: 27.5 x 20.1 cm (10 13/16 x 7 15/16 in.)
sheet: 52 x 40.3 cm (20 1/2 x 15 7/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • stamp: recto, top edge, pre-printed mount: Geographical & Geological Explorations & Surveys West of the 100th Meridian. Expedition of 1873 - Lieut. Geo. M. Wheeler, Corps of Engineers, Commanding
  • stamp: recto, on mount below image, pre-printed mount: T.H. O'Sullivan, Phot. No. 10 [over] ANCIENT RUINS IN THE CANON DE CHELLE, N.M. [over] In a niche 50 feet above present Cañon bed.
  • inscription: recto, top center, graphite: Sci2600.290
  • stamp: recto, top center, pre-printed mount: WAR DEPARTMENT [over] CORPS OF ENGINEERS. U.S. ARMY.
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
European and American Art
Publication History

Robin Kelsey, Viewing the Archive: Timothy O'Sullivan's Photographs for the Wheeler Survey, 1871-74, History of Photography (December 2003), vol. 85, no. 4: 702-723, p. 703, fig. 1

Exhibition History

HAA 10 Survey Course (S421): The Western Tradition: Art Since the Renaissance (Fall 08 Rotation 1), Arthur M. Sackler Museum, 09/13/2008 - 10/19/2008

Re-View: S426A (Large Niche) #1: CB30 Photography and Society & HAA172w American Art and Modernity, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 09/04/2009 - 10/04/2009

HAA 10 Survey Course (S421): The Western Tradition: Art Since the Renaissance (Fall 10 Rotation 3), Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 11/12/2010 - 01/15/2011

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