19th Century California Photographers
Some of the 19th-century photographers in California Views' historical photo archives include Carleton E. Watkins (1829-1916), Eadweard Muybridge (1830-1904), Isaiah W. Taber (1830-1912), C.W.J. Johnson (1833-1903), W.N. Tuttle (1844-1895), Richard J. Arnold (1856-1929), Charles K. Tuttle (1859-1939), A. W. Ericson (1848-1927), R.J. Waters (1856-1937), Frank Bequette Rodolph (1843-1923)
Thomas Houseworth (1828-1915) one view of the Mission at San Juan Bautista and Central Pacific Railroad train on Long Ravine Bridge # 1340, E.J. Hayward (1838-??) & Muzzall, H. W. (1844-??), Treu Ergeben "T.E." Hecht (1875-1937), George Fiske (1835-1918) and other early California and other photographer's including William Henry Jackson (1843-1942), Darius Kinsey (1869-1945), C.R. Savage (1832-1909).
We have over 33,633 historical California images listed in our photo database and can provide a computer generated list by subject, place, date, photographer and format or any combination of the above for a small fee.
Carleton E. Watkins (1829-1916)
Watkins was born on November 11, 1829 in New York State. He came to California in 1851 with his friend, C.P. Huntington. In 1854, he studied photography with R.H. Vance in San Jose. Watkins was active up and down the Pacific coast. In 1875 - 1876, he lost his studio and negatives to I.W. Taber. Taber put his own name on Watkins' photos.
But Watkins was not to be stopped by this. He set out to make a new series of views, but fate was not kind to him. He lost most of this work in the 1906 earthquake and fire in San Francisco.
He was committed to the Napa State Hospital in 1910 and died on June 23, 1916.
Watkins was primarily a landscape photographer--the Ansel Adams (1902-1984) of his time. He left a rich record of what he saw with his camera.
Watkins photographed the Del Monte Hotel, Carmel Mission, the Farallon Light house, Point Bonita Lighthouse, Point Lobos and the Chinese Fishing Village, Pebble Beach, Pacific Grove, and Carmel on the Monterey Peninsula.
And the California Missions. Around 1880-1885 making stereo views and we have two Mammoth prints in our archives.
A list of our C.E. Watkins holdings and our online gallery of Watkins Photos.
Holdings: The collection includes 113 of Watkins' images, including original and copy prints, and copy glass negatives.
I.W. Taber (1830-1912)
Isaiah West Taber was born in Massachusetts on September 17, 1830.
Taber came to California first in 1850 returning to New Bedford in 1854 for ten years and returning back to California in 1864 working for Bradley and Rulofson till 1871.
In 1872 He opened his own gallery at 12 Montgomery Street in San Francisco.
In n 1876 he aquaried the C.E. Watkins negatives making prints with his name on them but keeping Watkins numbers. Stereo view of the Farallon Lighthouse by Watkins on a Taber mount Point Bonita Lighthouse an other view by Taber of the Club house at Hotel del Monte. He was well known for his large stock of California Views. He lost his large collection of twenty tons of view and portrait glass negatives and Claus Spreckels in the 1906 S.F. Earthquake he was 76 years old at the time that was the end of his photographic career.
He died on February 22 of 1912.
Holdings: The photo collection includes over 95 original and copy prints, and stereograph's our online gallery of I.W. Taber Photos.
C.W.J. Johnson (1833-1903)
Charles Wallace Jacob Johnson by his photograph parlor at the Hotel del Monte Circa 1887.
C.W.J. Johnson, was also a miner, he had a one man band and taught dance and music before he came to Monterey and the Hotel del Monte he was the first official photographer, from the mid 1880s to the late 1890s. Johnson photographed a variety of subjects, including hotel guests, and the Pacific Grove Retreat, Carmel and Carmel Mission, farmers, ranchers of the Carmel Valley and Big Sur region.
He learned photography from William N. Tuttle of Arcata, Humboldt County in the mid 1860s. In 1870, Johnson moved to San Francisco; went into partnership with T. Al Sullivan and married Sullivan's sister, Mrs. Norah Pardon on Dec. 2, 1875. He moved to Watsonville in 1877; and after to Monterey when the Hotel del Monte opened in June of 1880, he opened a gallery on first Alvarado street in Monterey (he moved his gallery to the hotel itself in 1887). Johnson was a very prolific photographer, leaving a rich photographic record of life in the Monterey Bay region.
Johnson was born in Maryland on August 3, 1833, the son of George M. and Matilda Johnson. He came to California in the 1850's and was active up to 1898 and he died in Salinas on January 17, 1903.
Holdings: Over 673 images from 5x 8, 6 ½x 8 ½ and 8x 10 glass negatives, original prints, and stereographs views.
Our online gallery of C.W.J. Johnson Photos.
C.K. Tuttle (1859-1939)
Kirkham Tuttle was the first druggist in Pacific Grove when he opened his Seaside
Drug store on Lighthouse Avenue on April, 18th of 1887. He was also a very prolific and talented photographer that left a large collection of glass negatives of Pacific Grove and the
He probably became interested in photography when he saw how well the photos by C.WJ. Johnson that he sold in his drug store. He and Johnson had a long business association.
Tuttle also published a line of postcards from his photographs.
Holdings: Over 680 images from 4x 5, 5x 7, 5x8 ,6 ½x8 ½, 8x 10 and 11x 14 glass negatives and original prints a gift from Winnifred Tuttle Beaumont his daughter in 1972.
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All images are also available for editorial downloads and onetime editorial use.
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