For your consideration, a rare original silver bromide black and white mural photograph by François Émile Matthes (1874 -1948 ) of Kings Canyon National Park, California. Kearsarge Pinnacles and Kearsarge Lakes, viewed from a slope near Kearsarge Pass, circa 1925 . The print measures 23 ¾” x 13 ¾” and is housed in its orginal 29” x 19” oak frame (with its original glass). The work is noteworthy both historically and artistically; Mathes early interests in the world of art predated his later prominence in the field of earth sciences. The print displays a warm almost sepia tonality, typical of an aged chlorobromide print of the 1920’s-1940’s. A print of the same image is the collection of the U.S. Geological Survey ( ID. Matthes, F.E. 725 - mfe00725 ).
François Émile Matthes (1874 -1948 ) was a geologist and an expert in topographic mapping, glaciers, and climate change. He mapped remote areas of the American West for the United States Geological Survey He mapped remote areas of the American west for the United Stastes Geological Survey (USGS). His maps coincided with the development of those areas into National Parks. He is one of the founders of the Association of America Geographers and served as its president. Matthes resolved a dispute about formation of the Yosemite Valley and his findings on glaciers introduced the terms nivation and Little Ice Age.
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