1889. Item #89207
MUIR GLACIER BEFORE DEVASTATING CLIMATE CHANGE EFFECTS TABER, I. W. [photographer]. ALBUMEN PHOTOGRAPH: VIEW OF MUIR GLACIER AND MORAIN, GLACIER BAY, ALASKA. 8 x 9.5 inches, mounted on 11 x 14 inch board. Photo captioned at bottom: "4582. View of Muir Glacier and Morain, Glacier Bay, Alaska. Copyrighted by I. W. Taber, 1889." Mount chipped and torn, not affecting image, which is in fine and has warm sepia tones. Isaiah West Taber (1830-1912) was one of the most well known American photographers in California and the West in the late 19th century. His clients included Queen Victoria, seven U.S. presidents, Enrico Caruso, Lily Langtry and Sarah Bernhardt. A collection of his photographs of noted Californians was donated to the California State Museum. His studio in San Francisco also produced a series of stereoscopic views of western scenery. The studio, along with all of his glass negatives, was destroyed in the 1906 earthquake.(Kurutz p.20) Muir Glacier, formerly the most famous of the tidewater glaciers, once rose 256 ft. above the water and was nearly 2 miles wide. It has been receding since the late 18th century and no longer reaches the sea.