New York: E. & H.T. Anthony & Co, (c.1872). 98. Stereoview. Albumen photograph [9.5 cm x 15.5 cm] on an orange 'Views of the Rocky Mountains - Dep't of Interior, U.S. Geological Survey of the Territories' mount [10 cm x 18 cm] Printed Anthony back stamp. Minor rubbing to extremities. Image has strong contrasts. Item #6395
In 1870 Dr. Ferdinand Vandiveer Hayden invited Jackson to become the official photographer of the United States Geological and Geographical Survey of the Territories. Jackson remained with the Survey until 1878, working closely with the artist Thomas Moran and others. The official report of the Survey for 1875 stated of Jackson's photographs: "They have done very much, in the first place, to secure truthfulness in the representation of mountain and other scenery."
William Henry Jackson (1843-1942) was one of the most prolific (and maybe the most famous) of Western artists. During his lengthy career, Jackson photographed and painted numerous views of the West between Nebraska and California, from cliff dwellings to industrial urban centers.