MUYBRIDGE, EADWEARD. 1830-1904. Panorama of San Francisco, from California-St. Hill. [San Francisco:] Morse's Gallery, 1877.

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MUYBRIDGE, EADWEARD. 1830-1904.
Panorama of San Francisco, from California-St. Hill. [San Francisco:] Morse's Gallery, 1877.

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MUYBRIDGE, EADWEARD. 1830-1904.
Panorama of San Francisco, from California-St. Hill. [San Francisco:] Morse's Gallery, 1877.
11-part albumen print panorama photograph, 190 x 2200 mm; 7 1/2 x 86 inches, each part mounted on buff paper and which are mounted on linen (305 x 1296 mm; 12 x 90 1/2 inches overall) and accordion=folded into 4to folder; original garnet pebbled cloth stamped in blind and gilt. Faint foxing and stray stains, some fading at photograph edges where plates join, cloth rubbed at extremities.
*WITH: Panorama of San Francisco from California-Street Hill. Key. San Francisco: Morse's Gallery, [1877]. Imperial albumen print cabinet card, 196 x 269 mm; 7 3/4 x 10 1/2 inches, mounted on card with imprint on lower margin. Crease in right margin, some edgewear.

MUYBRIDGE'S 360-DEGREE "PATRICIAN'S" VIEW OF SAN FRANCISCO, WITH THE RARE KEY, taken from the central tower of Central Pacific Railroad magnate Mark Hopkins's unfinished Nob Hill home at the corner of California and Mason streets. Muybridge captured the view over a period of approximately 5 hours, as evidenced by the shifting shadow. The photographic panorama is a remarkable technical achievement that took numerous calculations to correctly orient each exposure into a continuous image. This example with the clock in the fifth panel at a quarter to two.
Harris, David. Eadweard Muybridge the Photographic Panorama of San Francisco, 1850-1880 Cambridge, MA: 1993.; Howes M926; Solnit. River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West. New York: 2003.

Footnotes

  • "Muybridge's Nob Hill panoramas are an impossible sight, a vision of the city in all directions, a transformation of a circular space into a linear photograph" (Solnit pp 159-160).
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MUYBRIDGE, EADWEARD. 1830-1904. Panorama of San Francisco, from California-St. Hill. [San Francisco:] Morse's Gallery, 1877.
MUYBRIDGE, EADWEARD. 1830-1904. Panorama of San Francisco, from California-St. Hill. [San Francisco:] Morse's Gallery, 1877.
MUYBRIDGE, EADWEARD. 1830-1904. Panorama of San Francisco, from California-St. Hill. [San Francisco:] Morse's Gallery, 1877.
MUYBRIDGE, EADWEARD. 1830-1904. Panorama of San Francisco, from California-St. Hill. [San Francisco:] Morse's Gallery, 1877.
MUYBRIDGE, EADWEARD. 1830-1904. Panorama of San Francisco, from California-St. Hill. [San Francisco:] Morse's Gallery, 1877.
MUYBRIDGE, EADWEARD. 1830-1904. Panorama of San Francisco, from California-St. Hill. [San Francisco:] Morse's Gallery, 1877.
MUYBRIDGE, EADWEARD. 1830-1904. Panorama of San Francisco, from California-St. Hill. [San Francisco:] Morse's Gallery, 1877.
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