The business (and art) of seeing the American west

Business or pleasure? Carlton Watkins could photograph both beautifully.

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Cite this page as: Elizabeth Gerber, LACMA and Dr. Beth Harris, "The business (and art) of seeing the American west," in Smarthistory, September 8, 2019, accessed January 17, 2020,

Explore the diverse history of the United States through its art. Seeing America is funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art and the Alice L. Walton Foundation.