Cape Blanco Light House stereoview on eBay

This very nice stereoview is currently on eBay. The seller states:

A rare Muybridge stereoview with lovely artistic composition “1053. Cape Blanco Light House, 1st Order, fixed light, 256 feet above Sea.” The lighthouse dominates the frame, yet the stark setting makes it clear that the landscape and the invisible sea below the cliff dominate this small man-made structure. Wonderful composition featuring the gingerbread keeper’s residence and light tower. Muybridge has precisely posed two men on opposite edges of the tower. A boy and girl in a bonnet are posed on the steps of the tiny residence. A wooden fence defines the composition horizontally. The weather-beaten remnant of a tree adds an interesting element to the composition. Taken on what appears to be a hazy day, giving an impressionistic feel with the people appearing as silhouettes, yet there is good detail as seen in the enlarged scans.

Although this was issued without the photographer’s imprint, it is almost certainly by Muybridge as I have seen several of his other images on this rare variant “Pacific Coast” mount. Moreover, there are 3 other images of this light house (stereoview and album photo) by Muybridge in the Lone Mountain Collection at the Bancroft Library. The stereoview in their collection has an almost identicalĀ  title and is numbered 1052. It has a distant view of the lighthouse with a mother and daughter. Another of the Lone Mountain Collection album images shows a similar perspective of the lighthouse as the view I am selling, but without the placement of the men in the tower.

The Cape Blanco lighthouse is located on the southern coast of Oregon. It was constructed in an area where a spruce forest was cleared. (The trunk at the left may be a remnant). Construction was begun in early 1870 and the lighthouse was completed in December, 1870. This stereoview was probably taken shortly after and is the only copy of this rare image that I have seen. A classic Muybridge view.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Rare-Muybridge-1870-Cape-Blanco-Lighthouse-Oregon-SV-/180515372996?cmd=ViewItem&pt=Art_Photo_Images&hash=item2a078dffc4

In 1871, Muybridge photographed several Lighthouses on the Pacific Coast, for US Light House Board.

Other views of this lighthouse by Muybridge, from Wikipedia Commons, and Lone Mountain College Collection.

photo: Bancroft Library

Title:
Cape Blanco Light-house, First Order Fixed Light, 256 feet above Sea-level.
Contributing Institution:
The Bancroft Library. University of California, Berkeley.

photo: Bancroft Library

Cape Blanco, Light-house and Dwelling.
Contributing Institution:
The Bancroft Library. University of California, Berkeley.

photo: Bancroft Library

1052: Cape Blanco Light-house, First Order Fixed Light, 256 feet above Sea Level.
Contributing Institution:
The Bancroft Library. University of California, Berkeley.

More details here:

http://www.oac.cdlib.org/view?docId=tf6t1nb6w7;developer=local;style=oac4;doc.view=items#onlineitems=/search%3Frelation%3Dark%3A/13030/tf6t1nb6w7%3Bstyle%3Dattached%3Bquery%3Dblanco

This posting by Stephen Herbert

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One comment on “Cape Blanco Light House stereoview on eBay

  1. birdbee says:

    I was just doing a little reading about Muybridge as he was the inspiration for a cartoon I was working on today, and I ended up on your blog. The stereo photo of the lighthouse caught my eye. When I was a child back in the 1970’s we had a small collection of stereo photos in an old album. We had no viewer, but by accident one day I learned how to freeview the images and spent many hours staring at them. To this day I can’t resist going slightly cross-eyed to view the 3D effect when ever I see a stereo pair. I’m sure this contributed to my interest in all things related to historical photographs including the work of Muybridge. I was not aware that he produced steroviews.

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