Content/DescriptionView of thirty-nine miners working in rocky riverbed. Some mining equipment visible (cradles, shovels, and a structure at left). Figure in white suspenders has been identified as William Pickett.
[Mining scene in rocky diggings near Lincoln, California, with 39 miners.]
1 photograph : daguerreotype ; half plate, visible image 10.2 x 13.5 cm.
The Bancroft Library
Attributed to William Shew by collector Zelda Mackay. No evidence is present, and her assigned date of 1849 (itself suspect) is prior to Shew's 1851 arrival in California. <physfacet label="Image Package Note">Original component parts: plate, cover glass, preserver. Preserver: decorative.</physfacet>;;;<physfacet label="Container or Case Note">Type: case. Motif: floral - variant of The Delicate Roses (Rinhart no. 125). Material: leather over wood. Dimensions: 11.9 x 15 cm. Pad: pink silk. Notes: spine label: 495 (from prior owner). Case appears to be earlier and may not be original to image.</physfacet>;;;<physfacet label="Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material">"Accompanying note (handwritten, by collector Zelda Mackay): Rare daguerreotype of 1849 showing California Placer gold mine near "Hangtown," now known as Placerville. The tall man on the right with the white suspenders is Wm. Pickett, kin of Gen. George E. Pickett, famous Confederate General of Civil War. Wm. Pickett came to Calif. In '49 and settled near Lincoln. By Wm. Shew."</physfacet>;;;
Image 2: [Mining scene in rocky diggings...] (Detail.)
Image 2: BANC PIC 1905.16242:075––DIG
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